Event Info

Saturday, March 4th

Day-of Registration: 9 am
Parade Starts: 11 am
Pet Party on Market Square: 12 pm – 2 pm


We encourage all dogs to dress up for the event! You can enter the following contests:

Best Vol Spirit: Dog that shows the most UT Volunteer spirit

Best Dawg Pack: Best group of dogs entered together, such as a rescue group, business or organization

Pet/Owner Look-a-like: Coordinate your outfits and win

Most Unique Mixed Breed (Mutt): Show us your adorable mutt and all that makes them unique

Best Costume: Go wild and the best costume wins!

Best Naked Dog: Is your dog not a fashionista? That's okay. Bring your low-maintenance pup as they are!
You can PRE-Register from now until Feb. 28th at 11:59pm, online or in-person at our main center, 3201 Division Street, Knoxville, TN 37919 or via mail. Pre-registration is $15 and includes an awesome goody bag! Goody bags will be available for pick up beginning Wed. March 1 and Thursday, March 2. Pick-up is at Young-Williams Animal Center (3201 Division Street) from 12-6 pm.

DAY-OF Registration is $20.00 and available the DAY OF the parade, at the registration booth, at the beginning of the parade. Registration booth opens at 9 am on Saturday, March 4 and closes promptly at 10:45 am so the parade can start at 11 am.
The parade start is at Willow Avenue in the Old City.

Parking is available at all City of Knoxville parking garages and is free on weekends. Market Square and Locust Street Parking Garages are closest the the party on Market Square and the lot underneath the South Gay Street bridge is closest to the parade start. Street parking is available throughout the city.
YES! We will have them for sale at our Young-Williams Animal Center booth in Market Square! They are only $15.
You can see all of the vendors on our Vendor page (http://mardigrowl.org/vendors/)! And yes, there will be adoptable dogs everywhere! There will be many rescue groups attending!
You can see all of our amazing sponsors that helped make Mardi Growl 2017 possible here: http://mardigrowl.org/sponsors/

If you want to find out about becoming a sponsor for next year, contact Sophie Nguyen at 865-215-6678 or e-mail snguyen@young-williams.org Thanks!
Yes we will. Young-Williams Animal Center will have the Spay Shuttle there and will be doing both Rabies vaccines for $10 and Microchips for $10 each! We will also be scheduling appointments for spay or neuter surgeries, but we will NOT be doing any surgeries on site.

The Spay Shuttle will be on Union Ave. and will provide Rabies and Microchips from 12:00 - 2:00 pm. There is always a line, so come early and plan accordingly.
You will need to walk with the others who are participating in the same contest. Registration is at Willow Avenue across from the Crowne and Goose. Prior to the parade start, you will see volunteers walking around with big signs showing the names of each category. You will need to find your sign and walk behind it throughout the entire parade. If you are not behind the sign at the judges stand, you will not be judged.

The judges stand is on Gay Street in front of Krutch Park. If you are participating in a contest, you will be guided in front of the stage so the judges can see your costumes. Be sure your parade number is clearly visible at this time.