Day-of Registration: 9 am
Parade Starts: 11 am
Pet Party on Market Square: 11 am – 3 pm


What contests I can enter?
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

Best Dog Couple: Two dogs that make a great pair!

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!

Can I get more information about the parade contests.
If you would like your pet to compete in a contest, no need to register for that beforehand. As you and your dog(s) line up for the parade, you will see volunteers walking around with big signs showing the names of each category. You will need to find the sign’s category that you wish to compete (Best Costume, Best Dog Couple, etc.) and walk behind it throughout the entire parade. If you are not behind the sign at the judges stand, you will not be judged. Be sure your walker number is clearly visible at this time. You will be assigned a walker number at the time your goody bag is picked up, for each dog that you wish to compete. Winners will be announced at 12:30 pm at the Market Square stage. You must be present to win.
When/where is registration?

You can PRE-Register online from now until Feb. 26th at 11:59 pm. Pre-registration is $15 and includes an awesome goody bag!

DAY-OF Registration is $20.00 at the registration booth, at the beginning of the parade on Willow Ave. Registration booth opens at 9 am on Saturday, March 2 and closes promptly at 10:45 am so the parade can start at 11 am.

Every registered dog is eligible to receive a goody bag. They will be available for early pick up Wednesday, Feb. 27th and Thursday, Feb. 28th from 2-6 pm at Young-Williams Animal Center (3201 Division Street).

When/where can I pick up the goody bag?

Goody bags will be available for early pick up Wed. Feb. 27th and Thursday, Feb. 28th. Pick-up is at Young-Williams Animal Center (3201 Division Street) from 2-6 pm. You can also pick up your goody bag (while supplies last) the day-of the event at the parade registration tent on Willow Avenue as early as 9 am.

Where does the parade start and where should I park?
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.

Can I buy a t-shirt at the event?
YES! We will have them for sale at our Young-Williams Animal Center booth in Market Square and at the registration tent! They are only $15.
What vendors can I expect to see on Market Square? Will adoptable dogs be there?
You can see all of the vendors on our Vendor page (https://mardigrowl.org/vendors/)! And yes, there will be adoptable dogs everywhere! There will be many rescue groups attending!
Who are this year's sponsors and how can I become a sponsor next year?

You can see all of our amazing sponsors that helped make Mardi Growl 2017 possible here: https://mardigrowl.org/sponsors/

If you want to find out about becoming a sponsor for next year, contact Stephanie Eastman Vozar at 865-215-6678 or e-mail seastmanvozar@young-williams.org. Thanks!

Will you be doing Rabies vaccines and Microchips?
Yes we will. Young-Williams Animal Center will have the Spay Shuttle in Market Square and will be doing 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 11 am – 3 pm. There is always a line, so come early and plan accordingly.