The 11th Annual Mardi Growl Parade

Photo by: Cynthia Moxley 

Photo by: Cynthia Moxley 

It's that time of the year again! Look for your Hard Knox Roller Girls next Saturday, March 3rd in downtown Knoxville, TN at the 11th 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 kicking off at 11:00am. The parade starts at Willow Avenue and goes through the Old City, down Gay Street, and it ends in Market Square where there will be a festival from 12:00pm-3:00pm. The after party in Market Square has more than 60 vendors, food trucks, face painting, live music, and more! 

Photo courtesy of HKRG 

Photo courtesy of HKRG 

Come out next Saturday to show your support, and don't forget to wear your purple, yellow, and green! 


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. 


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Young-Williams Animal Center is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization serving Knoxville and Knox County. They are dedicated to the sheltering and placement of animals and general animal welfare. They 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. Their 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 visit www.young-williams.org/spay-neuter-your-pet/