Nightmare on Shandon Street as the Dragon emerges once again

Nightmare on Shandon Street as the Dragon emerges once again

Them bones: The Dragon of Shandon street parade celebrations last night. Picture: Dan Linehan

HUGE crowds turned out in support of one of the city's biggest and most popular Halloween traditions: the Dragon of Shandon parade.

Amber Gildea, Dublin Hill, enjoying the parade.
Amber Gildea, Dublin Hill, enjoying the parade.

Young and old alike were enthralled by the colour and spectacle of the parade, which saw a 36ft dragon roam through the streets of Cork city.

The oldest parts of the city burst to life amid the sights and sounds of the parade, which started shortly after 7pm last night and drew out thousands to Shandon, North Main St and Cornmarket St.

The colourful spectacle was put together by 500 people, building floats and making costumes ahead of last night's parade.

Not your usual crowd on Coal Quay: Ghosts and Ghouls at the Dragon of Shandon street parade celebration of Samhain in Cork. 	Picture: Dan Linehan
Not your usual crowd on Coal Quay: Ghosts and Ghouls at the Dragon of Shandon street parade celebration of Samhain in Cork. Picture: Dan Linehan

It was the twelfth year of the parade, which was organised by Cork Community Art Link. It includes input from some 20 community groups.

The parade featured giant hags, pumpkins and spiders, with some 300 ghosts, zombies and monsters accompanying it.

Lord Mayor of Cork Cllr Tony Fitzgerald gets ahead with participants in parade on Shandon Street.
Lord Mayor of Cork Cllr Tony Fitzgerald gets ahead with participants in parade on Shandon Street.

The highlight, as ever, was the 36ft dragon which snaked its way through the city streets, supported by twelve puppeteers.

The giant puppet, which was made from tape, was surrounded by an assortment of illuminated props, lanterns and other-worldly characters.

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