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Rain or Shine!

Proceeds to benefit Young-Williams Animal Center!

Put your best foot and your best friend's best paw forward to march in the 7th Annual Mardi Growl Parade and Festival, hosted by Friends of Young-Williams Animal Center, Clayton Foundation and the City of Knoxville.


Register for the City of Knoxville's 7th Annual Mardi Growl parade and festival on Saturday, March 1, 2014. All proceeds benefit Young-Williams Animal Center.

The Costume Parade for Dogs begins at 11 a.m. at the PetSafe Downtown Dog Park, continues through the Old City to Gay Street and ends in Market Square.

All parade participants must register. Pre-registration is available online through Feb. 26 and the cost is $15. Registration at day of parade starts at 9 a.m. and costs $20. The first 1,000 Mardi Growl registrants will receive goodie bags. 

Parade prizes will be awarded to dogs in categories including Best Vol Spirit, Ugliest, Pet/Owner Look-alike, Best Dog Couple, Best Costume, Best Dog Pawk and Most Unique Mixed Breed/Mutt.

The festivities in Market Square continue from noon-2 p.m. and are free and open to the public. They include pet-related vendor booths; parade prizes award ceremony; face painting and balloon animals; $10 microchips and $10 rabies vaccinations.

Knoxville's Mardi Growl is presented by the Clayton Foundation, City of Knoxville and Friends of Young-Williams Animal Center, and event sponsors include WBIR-TV, Channel 10; B97.5; Merial's HeartGuard Plus and FrontLine Plus; DeRoyal Industries; Hill's Science Diet; Haslam 3 Foundation; Enrichment Federal Credit Union; Pinnacle Bank; Brittany and Whitfield Bailey; Young Williams Law Firm; Harper Fiat; Smart Bank; and Erie Insurance.


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