Sturgis Motorcycle Rally 2021: Budweiser Clydesdales Make an Appearance at Opening Ceremony

by Josh Lanier

The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally kicked off its festivities Friday with a little horsing around thanks to the help of the Budweiser Clydesdales.

The giant horses took part in the opening ceremonies of the annual Sturgis rally. The Clydesdales pulled the classic red and white 1903 Studebaker-built Budweiser wagon during the opening parade. One of the Budweiser dalmatians also hitched a ride on top of the crates of beer.

The official Instagram account for the Sturgis rally asked followers saw the six-foot-tall horses clomping through the downtown streets.

“I did, it was one of the coolest things I’ve seen. I swear the dog on top was so proud he was smiling,” one woman replied. “It was really cool, right down Main👍👍👍,” someone else posted.

You can see a slideshow from the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally Opening Ceremonies here.

Sturgis Motorcycle Rally Grand Marshall Jody Perewitz led the procession to kick off the 10-day event.

If you don’t know who Perewitz is, then you’re probably not a big motorcycle fan, as she is a legend in the industry. She holds 16 land speed records, one of which is a world record. She was also the first woman ever to push an American V-Twin motorcycle well over 200 mph, according to The Rapid City Journal.

“Sometimes I think I was born on two wheels,” Perewitz said in a 2018 interview. “Motorcycles are a part of my family business so I have always been around two wheels.”

She is also the daughter of legendary bike builder Dave Perewitz.

How Big is the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally?

Sturgis, South Dakota, has a population of around 6,500 residents. But every year, for 10-days, it becomes the most populated city in the state, as hundreds of thousands descend on the Black Hills for the annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.

This year, rally officials expect more than 700,000 people will attend at least one of the days between Aug. 6 through Aug. 15.

The annual event draws in motorcycle enthusiasts and weekend warriors alike with events such as a 5k race, poker tournament, and fun competitions like best tattoo and a beard and mustache contest. This year, daredevil Cole Freeman will attempt to jump his motorcycle over Main Street on August 14.

There will also be several concerts throughout the 10 days, including shows from Kid Rock, ZZ Top, and Clint Black among many others. This will be ZZ Top‘s first performance since bassist Dusty Hill died on July 28 at his Houston home.

But if you can’t make it to Sturgis this year or are worried about the coronavirus pandemic, don’t fret. The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally will livestream the entire event from three cameras installed in the city.