Saturday, March 7

What: Young-Williams Animal Center’s annual dog parade and pet party.

When: Saturday, March 7

Time: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Where: Starting in downtown Knoxville and ending on Market Square

Young-Williams Animal Center invites you to help us celebrate the 13th annual Mardi Growl Parade and Festival presented by Merchants of Beer. Join more than 15,000 participants and their pets as we march through the streets of downtown Knoxville to raise awareness for the life-saving efforts of Young-Williams Animal Center and support for Knoxville’s pet-friendly communities.

The pet parade steps off at 11 a.m. from downtown Knoxville, winds through the Old City and ends on Market Square and Krutch Park. During the festival, guests can visit with more than 60 vendors, enjoy a bite from local food trucks, and win prizes by entering our best dressed pet contests.

Our vision is to find a home for every pet, and whether you’re a sponsor, vendor, or participant of Mardi Growl,  you will help continue much-needed services for nearly 10,000 animals.

Voted the 2017 “Best Non-Profit Fundraiser” by the readers of Knox News, Mardi Growl is Young-Williams Animal Center’s largest fundraiser of the year – and we expect this year to be the biggest party yet.

Interested in being a sponsor or vendor? Email Grace at for more info and opportunities to support Mardi Growl.

Before, during, and after the parade…and all week long…celebrate the The Mardi Growl Cajun Crawl in Downtown Knoxville! 

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Special thank you to our media partners  Star 102.1 and WBIR.

Mardi Growl Parade Route

The pet parade kicks off in downtown Knoxville and ends at a pet party on Market Square and Krutch Park.

Sit and Stay

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