Saturday, March 3rd

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

When: Saturday, March 3

Time: Pre-registration ends at 11:59 pm on Feb. 27

Where: Starting at Willow Avenue and ending on Market Square

Young-Williams Animal Center is celebrating its 11th 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 3, 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 10,000 animals.

Mardi Growl has been voted “Best Non-Profit fundraiser,” and being our 11th 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 leading to a party on Market Square and Krutch Park. The festival is from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., hosting more than 60 vendors.

Attend Mardi Growl’s Week in downtown Knoxville, beginning the last weekend of February and continuing  until Parade and Festival day on Saturday, March 3, with downtown restaurants featuring “N’awlins French flavors. See more information here.

Mardi Growl 2018 is presented by The Old City Wine Bar.

Special thank you to our media partners  Star 102.1 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 can go to the pet party on Market Square.

Sit and Stay

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