The Dragon of Shandon is coming out of hibernation to breathe fire into Cork this Halloween...
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The Dragon is Here!

It's the week you've been waiting for...

The Dragon of Shandon Festival launches this Wednesday 29th October, kicking off three days of family-friendly Halloween chills and thrills.

Three days of dance, song, fire, games and mischief will end with the spectacular Dragon of Shandon Parade on the ancient feast of Samhain, October 31st – see the map below for the parade route.

If you haven't already grabbed a programme from around town, you can find the full festival programme here, along with information about the highlights of the festival – from the launch of Cork's very own Horror Comic to the incredible Inferno fire show.

We're looking forward to welcoming you to the big top in St. Anne's Park, which will be the hub of the festival activities, and to the parade on Halloween night.

Remember that this festival is about community participation, and that we want you to be involved! Dress up, bring the kids, walk in the parade, and experience the magic of Halloween with us.

See you there!

Final Call for Stewards
The festival is just a couple of days away, but there's still time to help out with a community event and see some thrilling spectacles while you're at it!

We're particularly looking for stewards to assist with taking tickets, setting up venues and props, keeping track of audience numbers, and generally making sure that the festival all goes to plan.

We'd also love to hear from people who want to participate in the parade on October 31st, or who would especially like to steward on the night of the parade.

If you have a couple of hours free on this Wednesday, Thursday or Friday and would like to help make this incredible event happen, email us on or phone 021 4212914.

Thank you!

Participant Profile: Brothers of Charity

The Brothers of Charity provide a range of age-appropriate services to over 600 children and adults with intellectual disabilities in the Cork & Kerry Region. These services include day, residential, multidisciplinary support services respite and family support services. A group from the Brothers of Charity has been hard at work in the workshop with us this year – you'll see them in the Dragon of Shandon Parade!

Participant Profile: Cork City Firebirds

Cork City Firebirds are a roller derby league based in Cork. They've previously collaborated with Art Link for the Dragon of Shandon Parade and the St. Patrick's Day Parade – and now they'll be getting their skates on for this year's parade! Watch out for these spooky rollers on the night.

Participant Profile: Cork City Samba Band

Cork City Samba Band are a group of friends who play house, drum 'n' bass, funk and samba rhythms. Keep an ear out for their samba stylings in this year's Dragon of Shandon Parade!

Participant Profiles: Cork Youth Groups

We are delighted to be working with a number of youth groups in Cork for this year's parade, including Cathedral Cairde Youth Club (pictured), Blarney Street Youth Club and Mahon Youth Club. The young people of these clubs bring great enthusiasm, energy and imagination to the parade!

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