Thank you to everyone who joined us for the 15th Annual Mardi Growl 
We had a fabulous time seeing all the costumes, smiles, and wagging tails!

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Be sure to mark your calendars to join us next year on Saturday, March 4th

Young-Williams Animal Center invites you to our 15th Annual Mardi Growl Pet Parade & Festival on March 5, 2022!

Your favorite pet pawty is back and better than ever! Join us at 11 a.m. on March 5th to parade through downtown Knoxville, check out the best of the best in pet costumes and end at our Pet Festival at World’s Fair Park!

Check out the menu at the top of the page to get started. Get registered, see the parade route, check out our pet show contest categories, or take a peek at the amazing vendors who will be participating in the pet festival.

Day of Schedule:

9:00am-10:30am – Day-of Registration and Pre-registration packet pick up (Willow Avenue)

10:30am – Find your category and line up for the parade!

11:00am – Parade Kicks Off! Click here to see the route!

11:00am – Gates open for the Pet Festival on the Performance Lawn at Worlds Fair Park

11:30 – Judges begin competition as parade walkers arrive at the Festival Lawn, finishing the route.

12:30pm – Contest winners are announced at the Main Stage (must be present to win!)

Live music, food and fun continues until Festival end at 3pm!

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Congratulations to the winners of our March virtual pet costume contest, sponsored by Mortgage Investors Group!

Check out all the winning cuties here

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

Sit, Stay and Sleep In

If you’re unable to participate this year, please consider making a donation instead. Our Sit, Stay and Sleep In option allows you to make a difference for homeless pets without ever leaving your home!