The Irish Redhead Convention made history yesterday afternoon, after hosting the world's largest-ever redhead ceili dance.

As thousands of ginger-haired revellers gathered for the annual redhead carnival in Crosshaven, Co. Cork, a new world record was set when more than 1000 carrot-tops took part in a mass ceili dance.

The ceili dance was one of dozens of madcap events that were staged yesterday at the colorful carnival, which raises funds for the Irish Cancer Society.

Other highlights included the Music of Ginger Origin (MOGO) awards, which were held on Irish soil for the first time on the aptly-named Foxygen stage.

Music heavyweight Tori Amos was voted the winner of the special services to Music of Ginger Origin award, while Ed Sheeran won 'Best Ginger Male Musician' and Orla Gartland a rising Dublin singer-songwriter won two gongs - the Best Ginger Female Musician and Best Irish Ginger Musician.  

Scottish performer Gary Lamont was presented with the Best Ginger Newcomer award.

Other highlights included a red-themed sheep-shearing demonstration, the annual carrot-tossing championship, seminars on redhead history, ginger speed-dating and the coronation of the new King and Queen of Redheads.

Up to 2,500 revellers are expected to attend this year's festival, which runs until Sunday.

The not-for-profit festival, now in its seventh year, was set up to celebrate the rarest hair color in the world and to raise much-needed funds for cancer research.

Group photo at the Irish Red Head Convention in Crosshaven, Co. Cork. Facebook/Irish Redhead Convention