Mardi Growl 2017

Saturday, March 4th


What: Young-Williams Animal Center’s annual dog parade and pet party Presented by the Old City Wine Bar.

When: Saturday, March 4

Time:  Pre-registration ends at 11:59 pm on Feb. 28

Where: Starting at Willow Avenue and ending on Market Square

Young-Williams Animal Center is celebrating its 10th annual Mardi Growl Parade and Festival, and we don’t want you to miss it! Save the date and sign up now for Saturday, March 4, when thousands of spectators will line the streets of downtown Knoxville to watch hundreds of furry friends, many in costume, march with their humans to raise both awareness for the life-saving efforts of Young-Williams Animal Center and support for Knoxville’s pet-friendliest community. We’re also excited to announce Old City Wine Bar is our presenting sponsor.

Our mission is to “Find a Home for Every Pet,” and whether you’re a sponsor, vendor or participant of Mardi Growl,  Young-Williams Animal Center’s largest fundraiser, you will help continue much-needed services for nearly 12,000 animals.

Mardi Growl has been voted “Best Non-Profit fundraiser,” and being our 10th year, we expect this to be our biggest event ever. The pet parade steps off at 11 a.m. from Willow Avenue, winds through the Old City and down Gay Street before ending on Market Square with a festival from noon-2 p.m. hosting more than 60 vendors.

NEW THIS YEAR: Mardi Growl’s Week in downtown Knoxville, beginning the last weekend of February and continuing through Barc’hus Fat Tuesday until Parade and Festival day on Saturday, March 4, with downtown restaurants featuring “N’awlins French flavors. See more information here



Mardi Growl 2017 is presented by The Old City Wine Bar.

Special thank you to our media partners B97.5 and WBIR.


Mardi Growl Parade Route

The pet parade kicks off in the Old City at Willow Avenue (approximate route shown). At the end of the parade, participants will be directed to Market Square where our vendors and pet party will go on from 12-2:00 pm.

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Can’t make it to the walk? You can help by donating online. Thanks!

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Mardi Growl on WBIR

The party has already started for Mardi Growl 2017 here at Young-Williams Animal Center and we want you to join us! Mardi Growl Pet Parade and Party is Saturday March 4th!