Join us for Mardi Growl 2023

Save the Date: Our 16th Annual Mardi Growl is coming to World’s Fair Park on Saturday, March 4, 2023!

Calling all pet owners, animal welfare advocates, and people searching for a fun family-friendly time! Young-Williams Animal Center invites you to the 16th annual Mardi Growl – Knoxville’s favorite pet parade and party – on March 4, 2023. Our famous pet parade will kick off in the Old City at 11 a.m. and travel on foot to World’s Fair Park. Register your pet for the parade, or join the thousands of spectators along the route.

After the parade, let the good times roll at our pet festival with nearly 100 pet-loving vendors, food trucks, live music, games, and more. Save the date and bring the whole family down for a dog-gone good time.

Mardi Growl is one of our favorite traditions and benefits the more than 11,000 pets that need Young-Williams Animal Center’s care each year. Show off your creativity and your pet’s personality by competing in costume contests, shop from local vendors, and celebrate our shared love for pets.


Sponsor My Walk

Encourage friends and family to sponsor you and your pet(s) in the parade and support Young-Williams Animal Center! Create a custom page, complete with photos of your pet and reasons why you love Mardi Growl.

The walker that raises the most money will win a YETI bundle, which includes a Hopper 8 Soft Flip Cooler, Rambler 10-oz. Tumbler and Boomer 4 Dog Bowl. Entrants must raise $300 to qualify for the prize package.

Fetch Me A Beer!

Add our brand new pass to your registration before they sell out! You’ll receive a Young-Williams Animal Center mug and pass that grants you BOGO Beer at 12 local breweries. Bring your pass, your pet, and a friend; with your first beer purchase, get another free! Stay tuned for new additions, because we are working hard to make this super cool pass even frothier! Click here to see participating breweries.

Visit for more information and to register. Then, be sure to follow Young-Williams Animal Center on FacebookInstagram, or Twitter for photos and celebrations.