Young-Williams Animal Center invites you Save the Date for our 14th Annual Mardi Growl pet parade and festival. While we continue to monitor the challenges presented by the pandemic, we hope and plan to celebrate one of our favorite traditions with you on Saturday, March 6, 2021. We will continue to develop new and exciting ways for you to change the lives of lost and homeless pets and look forward to bringing you a safe and successful event. Please check back often for more information and updates.

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?

Registration for 2021 is not open. When registration opens, we encourage you to PRE-Register online. Pre-registration is $15 and includes an awesome swag bag!

DAY-OF Registration is $20.00. Day of registration will be held at the registration booth near the beginning of the parade on Willow Avenue. Registration opens at 9 am on Saturday, March 6 and closes promptly at 10:30 am so the parade can start at 11 am.

Every registered dog is eligible to receive a swag bag (while supplies last) for early pick up at Young-Williams Animal Center (3201 Division Street).

When/where can I pick up the swag bag?

Swag bags will be available for early pick up at Young-Williams Animal Center (3201 Division Street) the week of the event. You can also pick up your goody bag (while supplies last) the day-of the event at the parade registration tent starting at 9 am.

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.
You can also purchase your t-shirt online during registration.
What vendors can I expect to see on Market Square?

We will have more than 80 vendor booths to visit during the party on Market Square. You can see all of the sponsors and vendors participating in this year’s event by checking out the Vendor and Sponsor pages.

Who are this year's sponsors and how can I become a sponsor next year?

You can see all of the amazing sponsors that helped make our 13th Annual Mardi Growl possible at: https://www.mardigrowl.org/sponsors/

If you want to find out about becoming a sponsor this 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.