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See the Macy's parade as it takes to the streets of Unviersal Studios Florida

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It's typically cold in New York when the Macy's parade ushers in the holidays. If you'd like to see the balloons without needing to be bundled up, head over to Universal Studios Florida. There you'll find a daily version of the parade that features authentic balloons and performers in much more hospitable temperatures.

Click the video accompanying this article for a full video of the 2013 version of the parade. In addition to the performance, you'll also see balloons scattered around the park. Keep your eyes open for old friends like Garfield the Cat, Scooby Doo, and Curious George.

All of the balloons you'll see being carefully maneuvered down the theme park streets were actually used in the New York parade. Granted, the largest balloons won't quite fit in Florida, but you'll still be amazed at the ones you get to see and the skillful way they're handled.

This year, the park got a very special balloon, based on the classic Happy the Hippo balloon, and it's the basis for a cute performance. Jump to this article to see it in action.

If you'd like to see a video of the Grinch show next door at Islands of Adventure, jump to this article.

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