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The Big Parade is Act 5 of the second Chapter: Battle of the Birds. In this act Hat Kid leads a parade of owls around the town for DJ Grooves' new movie.

Level Walkthrough[]

The level starts where you started in Picture Perfect at the Moon Set. Talk to DJ Grooves, and he will ask you to put on the Parade Outfit and at the end of the parade, a glittery disco ball will pop open and reveal the Time Piece. After you put the outfit on, he will tie Parade Owls to you and tell you that if you just keep walking, you'll be fine. This is true: stopping will cause you to take damage from the owls. Moon Penguins on the rooftops will give you heart orbs. But, there are electrical signatures running along the wires, and the crowd below will cause damage if you fall down. After a little while, DJ Grooves will ask you to turn on the pyrotechnics. Flicking all three switches will cause the pyrotechnics to turn on, creating a hazard which has a 3 second countdown and will hurt you if the countdown reaches 0 while you are on the platform. So then you have to avoid falling, the pyrotechnics, the electrical signals on the wires, AND the Parade Owls. Continue snagging Heart Orbs and avoiding pyrotechnics until DJ Grooves asks you to turn on the firework cannons. The fireworks will add to the challenge because they home onto you. Thankfully, pressing all three buttons causes the Time Piece to pop out. Grab it while avoiding all the hazards to finish the level.

Diary Entry[]

After each mission Hat Kid will write about it in her diary, which can be found in her room under the swimming pool of pillows. The diary will only read the entry for the last act that was completed.

"This moon set sure is getting busy! There’s so many penguins showing up! And some are bringing balloons! And there are these floats that are SUPER BIG! Everything is looking so pretty!

"DJ Grooves said they’re all here for me too! I can’t let everybody down; I don’t know what we’re going to do next, but I know I have to try my best for all of my fans!"


  • Interestingly, the loading screen art shows regular Express Owls following Hat Kid, instead of the final Parade Owls. According to Jenna Brown, the game's 2D Art Director, this was because the owls didn't have a unique design at the time the art was created.
  • Unused text indicates that the Conductor was to appear in the Big Parade, playing cards.
playing_cards0 = ... wait... hold on... gimme a minute to think about me next move!
playing_cards1 = ... uhhh... is ace the best card, or the worst card...?