Happy Dragon returned as a novelty balloon in 2012. After a 4 year absence, he returned in 2016 and continues to appear in recent years.
Macy's wanted to use the original Happy Dragon balloon from Goodyear that debuted in 1960 in the 2012 parade, but the city of New York wouldn't let them fly the balloon because it was too big for the current limits of balloons, so hence why they made a smaller and newer balloon.
- Happy Dragon (1960-1981, 1991-1992)
- Happy Dragon (2012, 2016-2017)