Dogs and their humans get excited for Mardi Growl

Hundreds of dogs will parade through downtown Knoxville to support Young Williams Animal Center on Saturday, March 3.

The 11th Annual Mardi Growl, to benefit Young-Williams Animal Center, will take place on Saturday, March 3, in downtown Knoxville

The pet-friendly parade will start at 11 a.m. and will be followed by the festival on Market Square until 3 p.m.

Hundreds of dogs will dress to impress for a chance to win one of the seven costume contests. The winners will be announced at 1 p.m on the Bill Lyons Stage.

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More than 80 vendors will participate and K-Town Music will provide live entertainment. This is Young-Williams Animal Center's biggest fundraiser and a fun event according to Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero.

“Mardi Growl is a perfect blend of family, four-legged friends and Mardi Gras fun,” said Mayor Rogero. “We encourage everyone with or without pets to come and enjoy the festival. While you’re here, you can also enjoy the fantastic restaurants, shops, and cultural amenities our dynamic downtown has to offer.”

Registration for the event can be found here. It will be $15 for parade participants who register prior and day of event registration on March 3 is $20 per dog.