The former parade logo.

Universal's Holiday Parade Featuring Macy's, formerly known as Macy's Holiday Parade, is an event that is held annually at Universal Orlando Resort. The Parade features and fills the streets with authentic balloons direct from the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, as well as floats, performers in colorful costumes, and marching bands.


The first-ever Macy's Holiday Parade took place in 2002. The Parade featured the smaller-sized novelty balloons and toy floats to fit in the smaller streets of the theme park.

A year later, Another event known as Balloonopolis was part of the theme park's holiday festivities, which featured the full-sized balloons tethered to the ground in addition to several smaller cold-air inflatables.

In April 2017, Universal announced that the Holiday Parade would receive it's biggest change yet, as well as having a name change to Universal's Holiday Parade Featuring Macy's. New especially made floats based on popular films and stories such as Minions, Madagascar, and Shrek would join the lineup, and for the first time in the Parade's history, licensed character balloons would appear, but limited to Universal and DreamWorks properties. The Parade debuted 5 days before Thanksgiving, on November 18th, 2017, instead of early December, where it would normally debut each year. The Parade returned for both the 2018 and 2019 holiday seasons. 

Current Units

Current Balloons

Former Balloons

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