NEW ORLEANS - The NOPD, Louisiana Hospitality Foundation and Southern Eagle are gearing up for the 12th Annual Horses, Hops, and Cops fundraiser to benefit the NOPD Mounted Division. The event, scheduled to take place on February 16, 2022 at the NOPD stables on Harrison Avenue, is a free and family-friendly event open to all ages and an opportunity to meet the world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales.
Every year during carnival season, the Clydesdales visit New Orleans and dedicate one night to supporting their fellow horses. During Horses, Hops, and Cops, the entire family will be able to get up close and personal with the Clydesdales, tour the NOPD stables, as well as watch an equestrian soccer game featuring NOPD Mounted Unit officers and Orleans Parish Sheriff’s deputies. Photos with the horses, live entertainment, children’s activities, food, beverages, and craft vendors will also be available to enjoy.
For more exclusive access to the Budweiser Clydesdales, there are a limited quantity of VIP Experience Tour tickets available for purchase where guests can enjoy a one-hour guided tour behind the scenes with a Budweiser Clydesdale handler to learn about the unique horses, their special training, state-of-the-art transportation and much more.
Raffle tickets are also available for a chance to party with a guest on the Budweiser balcony on Mardi Gras Day and to win a pair of diamond stud earring from Diamonds Direct. The raffle will be held on the night of the fundraiser (February 16th) at 8:00 p.m.
Proceeds raised from sponsorships, concession sales, raffle tickets, VIP experience tickets, photo sales and other donations will support the NOPD Mounted Unit.
“The Mounted Unit is a pivotal tool in the New Orleans Police Department’s toolbox, especially during large scale events such as Mardi Gras,” NOPD Superintendent Shaun Ferguson said. “The unit provides high-visibility patrol and plays an important role in our crime-fighting efforts. Horses, Hops, and Cops is an important event that ensures we are able to continue providing the best care for our horses and best protection for our citizens.”
For more information on Horses, Hops and Cops and/or to buy VIP Tour or raffle tickets, visit www.horseshopsandcops.com or contact the NOPD Public Information Office at 504-658-5858.