Military Bowl Parade, Budweiser Clydesdales, and Tailgate Event in Annapolis


Football bowl season starts in earnest after Christmas, and this year we have the Military Bowl to celebrate right here in Annapolis. It's a perfect time for SHR folks to join in the festivities of the holidays with a cool event in a great town!

The football game at Navy-Marine Stadium will feature teams from the Atlantic Coast Conference and Conference USA playing at 2:30 pm. Before the game, there will be a parade up Main Street through downtown Annapolis to the stadium at 11:00 am, followed by a pre-game tailgate party event sponsored by Budweiser. The parade will be led by the famous Budweiser Clydesdale horses that we've all seen on TV ads for many years.  

Our SHR group will meet up at the Boatyard Grill to get prepared, and then walk a few blocks over to City Dock to view the parade and follow it to the stadium.

The Parade and Tailgate Event at Navy-Marine Stadium

The Military Bowl parade starts at Annapolis City Dock at 11:00 am. It will feature military bands, color guards, cheerleaders, and the famous Budweiser Clydesdale horses. The parade route ends up at the stadium parking lot where there's a tailgate party event before the game with Budweiser products, food, and entertainment.  

You can read all about it at Eye on Annapolis:

http://www.eyeonannapolis.net/2013/11/20/budweiser-clydesdales-to-parade-through-annapolis/

Although we won't be attending the game as a group, you can find details about the Military Bowl and purchasing tickets here:

http://www.militarybowl.org

Meetup and Watching the Game After the Parade

Before the parade, we'll meet at the Boatyard Bar & Grill to prepare ourselves before walking together to City Dock where the parade begins.  The Boatyard is a favorite place in Eastport with a comfy atmosphere, good food, off-street parking, and nourishing drinks:  

http://www.boatyardbarandgrill.com

City Dock is just a few blocks away over the scenic 6th Street Bridge and Spa Creek. Once there, we'll find a good spot to watch the parade. By following the parade and the crowd afterwards, we should end up at Navy-Marine Stadium for the tailgate event, which appears to be a mini-festival in the parking lot outside the stadium.  We'll check it out...

Since we aren't going inside the stadium to watch the football game, our group will walk back towards downtown and Eastport when the game starts to find a good place to hang out and watch it on TV. It's being televised on ESPN, so we should be able to watch in comfort while spending game ticket money on good food and drinks. The total walking distance for this event should be about three miles, but who's counting?

Call Jake at[masked] to find us. I often can't hear my iPhone at events, but you can always try.

I hope to see you there!

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Great time as usual with a great group! Thank you Jake!!!!

    December 30, 2013

  • Jake

    Eye on Annapolis has lots of excellent photos from the Military Bowl parade, including several close-ups of the Budweiser Clydesdales. Check them out:

    http://www.eyeonannapolis.net/2...­

    December 29, 2013

  • mo

    I missed you at boatyard everything locked at 9:50. Missed you at the parade. Where else shall I miss you today? ;-). Mo

    December 27, 2013

    • Jake

      Sorry you missed us, Mo. See you next time!

      December 27, 2013

    • Ron

      Mo ~ the Boatyard bar side was closed & locked but the breakfast side was open. We were there untill 10:30. Sorry you didn't find the group, the first meetup may be a challenge, hope you'll try again.

      December 28, 2013

  • Waleska

    What a fun day! It was nice to meet everyone and make new friends. Thanks Jake for organizing this.

    1 · December 27, 2013

  • Ron

    Thanks Jake for organizing. Just another FUN meetup. Clydesdale horses, bands, cheerleaders! I could go on and on, but will just..... Stop Talking.

    December 27, 2013

  • Gloria

    Excellent weekday meetup Jake ;-) The parade was cool and it was fun walking up West st. while it was closed off. We had a nice walk and I got to explore some new parts of Annapolis around the stadium area. The lines for everything at the tailgate event were super long so it was a good call to bail out and head back downtown (although that BBQ smelled amazing!). Excellent leadership Jake ;-) Thanks for organizing a fun Friday. Nice to meet new friends. Hope to see you all again soon.

    December 27, 2013

  • Dan K

    That was a really fun day, Jake, our WONDERFUL COUNSELOR, and Commander for the day. Thanks, Jake, for sharing your new neighborhood with us, and thanks to all of you who attended. I look forward to getting out and doing more fun stuff with you all again soon.

    1 · December 27, 2013

  • Neal

    Finding Stan and Joe's little back patio was a nice quiet place to chow down with the group.

    December 27, 2013

  • Lisa

    fun spending the day with you all! Thanks, Jake!

    December 27, 2013

  • Jake

    This was the first year for the Military Bowl Parade and we didn't know what to expect. Actually, it turned out well with great sunny mild weather and a nice crowd. The parade wasn't huge, but it was good enough to make people happy being on the main street of Annapolis near the dock which is always fun. We followed the parade all the way to Navy Marine stadium. The "tailgate" event wasn't much, so we walked back to West St. down to Stan & Joe's Saloon for lunch. An excellent choice since it was away from the football crowd and the food and service were quite good. Then back to the Boatyard for a last beer. I had a nice time on a nice day with nice people. And I wasn't stuck at home. Thanks to all who attended....

    December 27, 2013

    • Gina

      Sorry I missed you. Glad you had a good time

      December 27, 2013

  • Paul

    Thanks for putting this together Jake, it was a great day for an parade and had a good time!

    December 27, 2013

  • Gina

    1/2 off starters and drinks until 7:00 at Stan and Joes!!!!

    December 27, 2013

  • Dan K

    At stan and joes saloon now

    December 27, 2013

    • Gina

      Thanks Dan

      December 27, 2013

    • Gina

      Where are you guys now

      December 27, 2013

  • Gina

    I'll miss the parade since i am going to a funeral. If you could post where you end up watching the game I'll find you. Thanks.

    December 26, 2013

    • Jake

      I don't know where we'll be.

      December 27, 2013

    • Gina

      Can you post your location once you arrive?

      December 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Unable to meet at Boatyard. What location will you be along the parade route? ?

    December 26, 2013

    • Jake

      I don't know where we'll be.

      December 27, 2013

  • Jake

    Here is the official information link with details on the Military Bowl parade route, parking, and the free shuttle bus that will be running next Friday. Check it out:

    http://www.eyeonannapolis.net/2...­

    December 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'd like to wish Jake and all a Merry Christmas and a healthy 2014. Regretfully, I have to miss this event as I will be with family in NJ. Take pictures and have fun!

    December 19, 2013

  • mo

    my first ever meet up...be gentle w/me :-)

    December 18, 2013

  • Bill H.

    Perfect excuse not to work!!

    November 22, 2013

  • Laura A.

    I have ALWAYS wanted to see the Clydesdales!!!!!! I'm in!!!

    November 22, 2013

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