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