On Saturday, March 4, Knoxville will be celebrating its 10th Annual Mardi Growl pet parade and fundraiser. Voted as Knoxville’s Best Nonprofit Fundraiser1, it’s also the city’s largest pet-friendly event. All proceeds of Mardi Growl will benefit The Young-Williams Animal Center, a nonprofit organization and the official animal shelter for Knox County and the City of Knoxville.
In addition to the hour-long parade, a two-hour festival will take place at the end of the route in Market Square. The festival will feature over 60 vendors, live music and a costume contest for categories such as “Best Dog Couple” and “Best Dog/Owner Look-alike.” Pet owners can also take advantage of several discounted services including microchips and vaccines for $10 and pet ID tags for $5.
As a first time sponsor of Mardi Growl, OneMain is proud to support the event. In fact, several area branches including Merchant Drive, Clinton Highway, Lenoir City and Jacksboro conducted a districtwide pet supply drive during the month of February. All donations from the drive will benefit The Young-Williams Animal Center.
Amie Peercy, Branch Manager of the Merchant Drive branch and OneMain employee of six years, is excited for the parade day: “We will have a booth set up during the festival and hand out OneMain cell phone lanyards, water bottle koozies, shopping bags and dog bone keychains. I look forward to talking with the crowd and spreading the OneMain name!”
As an animal lover, Mardi Growl will be extra fun for Peercy: “[Mardi Growl] is special because pet owners get to bring their pets downtown and walk them all dressed up in their best attire. I can’t wait to see the costumes and talk to fellow pet lovers about their furbabies.”
For more information, please visit the Mardi Growl event page.