Knoxville Mardi Growl is March 5

Knoxville’s 2016 Mardi Growl Parade takes place at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 5, and includes a festival in Market Square from noon to 2 p.m.

“Mardi Growl is an event for all types of dogs and people of all ages to enjoy,” said Jeff Ashin, CEO of Young-Williams Animal Center. “We hope all Knoxville-area pet lovers will come celebrate with us and support the animal shelter by participating. As a nonprofit organization, events like these are so important to help us care for the animals we serve.”

Day-of-event registration is $20 per dog. Goody bags will be given to registered participants while supplies last. The Fulton High School band will also march in the parade.

“Mardi Growl is a marvelous blend of family, friends, dogs, pets and Mardi Gras with an animal flair and lots of fun,” Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero said. “We encourage everyone with or without pets to come downtown to watch the parade and enjoy the festival.”

The parade begins on Willow Avenue in the Old City and winds to Jackson Avenue. The route turns south onto Gay Street, passing by a judges’ viewing stand at Krutch Park, and then turns onto Clinch Avenue to finish at the festival on Market Square.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Young-Williams Animal Center will offer microchips for $10, rabies vaccines for $10 and pet ID tags for $5. From noon to 2 p.m., more than 30 vendors representing pet product manufacturers, rescue groups and dog services will be set up on the square. The Old City Buskers will perform on the pavilion.

For more information about Mardi Growl, call 865-215-6599.