The 10th Annual Mardi Growl Parade

Look for your Hard Knox Roller Girls this Saturday, March 4th in downtown Knoxville at the 10th Annual Mardi Growl Parade hosted by Young-Williams Animal Center. 

Mardi Growl attracts thousands of spectators along the streets of downtown Knoxville and is a great way to raise awareness for Young-Williams Animal Center as well as the Most Pet Friendly Community efforts in Knoxville. The event features a pet-friendly parade/costume contest at 11am that starts at Willow Avenue and goes through the Old City, down Gay Street, and ends in Market Square where there is a festival from 12pm-2pm. The after party in Market Square has more than 40 vendors, food trucks, face painting, live music, and more! www.mardigrowl.or 

Come out this Saturday and show your support. Don't forget to wear your beads!

photo credit: Laura Ward 

photo credit: Laura Ward 

The Hard Knox Roller Girls is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. They are dedicated to providing community outreach through events, activities, and charity sponsorship. Participating in the annual Mardi Growl Parade has become one of their favorite volunteer opportunities. Hard Knox hopes you will come out, too, and help support the fantastic work Young-Williams does in the Knoxville area. 

Learn more about their wonderful organization:

Young-Williams Animal Center is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization serving Knoxville and Knox County. We are dedicated to the sheltering and placement of animals and general animal welfare. We are an open-intake facility and care for more than 11,000 annually. 

Young-Williams Animal Center also has an aggressive spay/neuter program and since 2007 has spayed more than 54,000 dogs and cats. Our Spay/Neuter Solutions offers low-cost options--$45 for cats and $70 for dogs--and convenient access to services via both a Clinic located at 6400 Kingston Pike and a Mobile Spay Shuttle that makes regular visits to different areas in the community. For more information on spaying or neutering, please call 865-215-6599 or