Hundreds attend 11th annual Mardi Growl in Market Square

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Hundreds of dogs headed to Market Square with their owners Saturday morning for Mardi Growl.

Mardi Growl featured a pet-friendly parade where dogs and their human companions strolled through downtown Knoxville. 

"We hope all pet lovers will come celebrate with us and support our mission to 'find a home for every pet,'" says Janet Testerman, chief executive officer of Young-Williams Animal Center. "Whether you're a sponsor, vendor or participant in Mardi Growl, registering to walk with your dog or just enjoying the festivities, you will support much-needed services for more than 10,000 animals a year in our community."

From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Young-Williams Animal Center will offer microchips and rabies vaccines for $10 and pet ID tags for $5. More than 80 vendors will participate, including food trucks, pet product manufacturers, rescue groups, artists and clothing boutiques. K-Town Music will provide live entertainment.

"Mardi Growl is a perfect blend of family, four-legged friends and Mardi Gras fun," said Knoxville Mayor Madeline 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."

All proceeds from the 11th annual Mardi Growl benefited Young-Williams Animal Shelter.

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