It’s the highlight of Halloween on Leeside.
Every year, after darkness descends, hundreds of spooky giant skeletons, merry monsters, and creepy characters gather in one of the most atmospheric parts of the city for the Dragon of Shandon Parade.
This year the Dragon, a 36ft monster made entirely of tape and controlled by 12 puppeteers, will begin its journey at 7pm on October 31st, 2023.
The best bit is that you can follow the fun through town or grab a spot anywhere on the route for an excellent view.
The free parade will start on Church Street and travel down the length of Shandon Street, North Main Street, Castle Street, Cornmarket Street and finish with a series of performances on the Coal Quay.
Created by Cork Community Art Link, the giant Dragon will prowl the streets escorted by her legion of loyal ghouls, beasts, misfits, and demons to celebrate the ancient tradition of Samhain.
Hundreds of participants will bring the dragon to life, and volunteers and community groups such as Suisha Inclusive Arts, Blackpool Community Access Program, and National Learning Network will be collaborating with local artists to create floats, costumes, and performances.
“We will be joined by the French co-operative La Bergerie and Australian theatre company Curious Legends.” a spokesperson told us.
“Expect fantastic performances from Joan Denise Moriarty School of Dance, CCAL Drama Troupe, Slí Danú, The Butter Exchange Band, The Coal Quay Shawlies, and many more, to be announced.”