Universal Orlando’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s 2023

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Check out the Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s at Universal Orlando Resort!

Universal’s Holiday Parade Featuring Macy’s at Universal Studios Florida is a delightful half-hour seasonal spectacle. This parade, typically occurring nightly at 5:30 PM, winds through New York and Production Central, featuring a series of imaginative floats and beloved characters from franchises like Despicable Me, Madagascar, and Shrek. Read on to learn more about the parade and check out a full-length video of this year’s offering!

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The parade includes a great mix of balloons, floats, and characters. The Despicable Me segment features the Minions and the Gru family across three floats, showcasing the characters’ playful antics. Madagascar’s representation includes floats and balloons dedicated to its penguin characters, King Julien, and other key figures from the franchise. The Shrek section brings the Gingerbread Man, The Three Little Pigs, The Three Blind Mice, The Big Bad Wolf, and a Santa Shrek float among others.


A highlight of the parade is the appearance of Santa Claus himself, alongside classic Christmas elements like toys, a nutcracker balloon, and reindeer floats. The grand finale features Santa Claus on his sleigh, followed by a gold star balloon with the Macy’s logo.

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There are a myriad of spots that provide a great view of the parade. We recommend attempting to snag a seat in front of Starbucks. Universal Orlando Annual Passholders can enjoy an exclusive viewing area in front of Mel’s Drive-In.

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