3 days left before Halloween. Don't miss anything about the Dragon of Shandon Samhain Parade preparations.

Behind the Screams

Ever wondered "why a Dragon"? Learn the dark secrets of Cork's infamous parade The Dragon of Shandon. Encounter strange characters, demented costumers, crazed artists and discover what really happens when the Dragon wakes for one night each year. 

CCAL Drama presents 4 immersive site specific performances at 107 Shandon St. in this unique production which will scare, surprise, and amuse.

These FREE Performances take place Tuesday 30th 7:00pm and 8:00pm
Booking is Advised

This performance is suitable for ages 12+ accompanied by a parent
For further information contact 021 4212914. Maximum capacity 20 persons per performance.

Parade Route

This years parade with start at 7pm from the Butter Exchange Building, onto John Redmond St, Musgrave Road before turning along Popes Quay then up Shandon St and Back to the Butter Exchange via Church St.

Teaser Campaign

Have you spotted our teaser campaign in the Evening Echo this month? Italian graphic illustrator Leandro Seva created images of this years new additions to the parade for the paper which ran throughout October.

Leandro is one of many European students who work on placement with cork Community Art Link throughout the year on the Leonardo Programme.

To see more go to

Website has recorded an average of 100 visits per day to the website this month!

The website contains a great archive of photographic and video material from previous parades as well as documenting the process of putting the 2012 parade together.


This Halloween Cork Community Art Link invites you to dress up, get spooky and walk with Ireland’s last Dragon through the historic streets of Shandon, Cork at the 7th Dragon of Shandon Samhain Parade.

The 2012 evening parade of spooks and ghouls sees  hundreds of costumed zombies, vampires and monsters take to the streets of Cork on Halloween night along with an eerie river installation on the Lee .

Picture Credit (Evening Echo 01-11-11)
Shandon Footbridge will be transformed into a skeletal illuminated installation and the 36 foot tape Dragon of Shandon returns to be joined on the night by  a host of creepy characters as well as brightly illuminated skeleton puppets, lanterns and musicians.    

The Dragon of Shandon Samhain Parade is a fun family event and one of Ireland’s largest street celebrations of the Irish tradition of Samhain. The annual Leeside Halloween street parade is the result of an extensive community outreach programme and collaboration with artists that takes place across Cork City Parade departs the Shandon Butter Exchange Building at 7:00pm Wednesday 31st October.


Do you have a memory or opinion to share about the Dragon of Shandon? Whether you were actively involved or just enjoying the show, feel free to voice your opinion on our website through this questionnaire.



Even our skeletons were enjoying the Jazz this weekend  (Photo Credit: Mark Whenman)

We are looking for people to volunteer a couple of hours on the night of the Parade to assist with stewarding. There will be a stewards briefing on Wednesday 31st at 5:30pm outside the Shandon Craft Centre to prep for the night! If you are available we would love to hear from you.
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