17th Annual Mardi Growl


Saturday, March 2, 2024

Old City

World's Fair Park
Saturday, March 2, 2024
11 a.m. Parade Kickoff

Old City
Registration opens: 9-10:30 a.m.
Parade starts: 11 a.m.

World's Fair Park

Calling all pet owners, animal welfare advocates and people searching for a fun family-friendly time! Be part of Knoxville’s biggest pet parade! The paw-rade starts in the Old City at 11 a.m. and will go through the streets of Downtown Knoxville to World’s Fair Park. Register your pet to participate in the parade, or join the thousands of spectators along the route. The parade route travels north on Central Street through the Old City before turning west on Jackson Avenue and continuing to World’s Fair Park Drive. The total parade route is approximately 1.2 miles and ends at our festival on the Performance Lawn at World’s Fair Park. After the parade, have a dog-gone good time at our pet festival with nearly 100 pet-loving vendors, food trucks, live music, games and more.

YWAC Mardi-Growl 2024 Route Map

Special thank you to our media partners

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Mardi Growl wouldn’t be paws-sible without generous sponsors. Our 17th Annual Mardi Growl is presented by Merchants of Beer, a unique venue in Downtown Knoxville designed as a destination for craft beer connoisseurs to experience Knoxville’s best selection. MoB is a favorite place to hang out with friends, including furry ones, over fine cocktails or wines. In a rush, carry out your favorite beers and snacks for the tailgate or weekend at home. Stop by after Mardi Growl to keep the paw-ty going!

Meet Our Vendors


Dog Bandana Co.
Knoxville TVA Employees Credit Union
Pet Musings
K and M Collars
CTL Event Sweets
North Star K9 Training
Tim’s Fencing
Rocky Top K9
The Dog Wizard Knoxville
PartyWOW Parties
Rainbow Ruff Creations
Luv the Paw
Sublime K9 Training & Boarding
Innovative Baths
865 Axe Throwing
Embassy Veterinary Center
My Pet Wellness
Royal Bark Social Club

Best Buddy Dog Treats
Dawgy Suds, LCC
Angie Cody Team LLC
PAWS Dog Services
Cantrell Fence & Stain
The Bark Knoxville
Sit Means Sit Dog Training
Doodycalls of East Tennessee
Roxie Doodle LLC
The Dog Stop Knoxville
Furry Land Mobile Grooming
Mansour Hasan State Farm
Lady Linx
Stephanie Richer Photography
White Oak Market
Dye Dye Darling
Pest & Mosquito Authority
Renewal By Andersen
Painting Around

Animal Welfare/Nonprofit

Young-Williams Animal Center Main Tent and Info Tent
Young-Williams Animal Center Information Tent
Volunteer State Doberman Rescue
St. John’s Episcopal Cathedral
Fighting for the Bullys Pit Bull Rescue
Smokey Mountain DockDogs
ChainFree Knoxville
Girl Scouts of Southern Appalachians


Animal Wellness and Rehabilitation Center
Lap of Love Veterinary Hospice
Central Veterinary Hospital

Food Trucks

The Savage Gypsy
Groovy Grub Foods
Sleepy Dog Coffee
Poynor’s Pommes Frites
Floyds Snack Shack
CJ’s Tacos
Tennessee Smokies (The Fowl Pole)
KUB Drinking Water Truck
Gelato Brothers