Howl-O-Ween Pooch Parade brings holiday fun to Knoxville

The eighth annual Howl-O-Ween Pooch Parade will be coming soon to Knoxville, Tennessee, just in time for Halloween Halloween 2021.

Sponsored by UT Gardens Knoxville and the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine, this event will take pace on Saturday, October 24, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., and will feature a judged costume contest and parade with prizes, an expo area for local rescue organizations and pet-related businesses, food trucks and more.

Here at Dog O’Day, we learned of this event through the Tennessee Vet Med website.

There will also be a food drive in support of the Companion Animal Initiative of Tennessee (CAIT).

The Howl-O-Ween Pooch Parade will bring holiday fun to Knoxville next weekend.

The event is free to attend, though there is a $10 entry fee to take part in the parade. Categories for the costume contest include Do(g) It Yourself (homemade costume), Bad to the Bone (scariest costume), Funny Bone (funniest costume) and Pup Culture (pop culture related costume).

Judges will be local dog lovers in the community, and they will award a top prize in each of the above categories, along with several Judge’s Choice awards and an overall Best in Show.

The parade will begin at 2:30 p.m., and registration will run from 1 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. Multiple dogs with the same handler can take part at the same time, so long as they all use the same costume theme.

As a quick reminder, your pets must be current on all their vaccinations, and be well-socialized to other pets, strange people, and wearing costumes. Please also bring water for your pet, have them on a leash with collar or sturdy harness, and do not use retractable leashes.

Highly sensitive pets are encouraged not to attend.

If you are able to attend, it is highly recommended that you use the hashtag #UTHowloween in your social media photos of the event.

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