Balloon’s Day Parade: A unique parade in Europe

The Balloons’ Day Parade, taking place during the Comic Strip Festival, will run for the 17th consecutive year across the major Brussels streets on September 15, 2019. Composed of famous characters of Belgian comic strip and rhythmed by Belgian fanfares, the Balloons’ Day Parade will have the pleasure to make discover to young and old its gargantuesque balloons.

Sunday, September 15, during 1 hour and 30 minutes, a parade of giant balloons in the form of comic characters, will cross the city center of the capital. The aim of the Balloons’ Day Parade and the Comic Strip Festival is to immerse fans and enthusiasts in the fantastic world of Belgian comics.


Balloon Day Parade
Balloon’s Day Parade © – Eric Danhier – 2018


This year it is not one but two new balloons that will integrate the parade, Toto, the most famous kid for classic jokes of French culture and Dooly the Little Dinosaur. It is also with pleasure that the penguins of Madagascar will make their comeback for this 2019 edition.

The impressive inflating balloon show will start around 10:00 am on the Place des Palais where more than 200 volunteers will be needed to give life to these giants. Most of the balloons will cross the Atlantic to participate at this event. From 15:00, Billy, Spirou, Tintin, The Cat and their new friends will walk in the city center to finally return to the Place des Palais around 16:30.

This year, the parade will welcome new fanfares from all over Belgium, the fanfares are placed between the balloons to give a rhythm and animate the parade.

The comic strip lovers will also find satisfaction in the Royal Park in the Comic Strip Village where new and used comic books will be put on sale by publishers and booksellers. More than hundred authors will give signing sessions and there are many other surprises and animations during three days.

To lead the balloons, the Balloons’ Day Parade is currently looking for volunteers to inte- grate the parade from 13:45 to 18:00. If want to do it, do not hesitate to send your information to the email address: