The 3,4-diarylsydnones 1 and 12a-e with an allyl or alkenyloxy substituent on the N(3)-phenyl group have been synthesized by classical methods starting from 2-allylaniline and the corresponding alkenyloxyanilines, respectively (Schemes 2 and 3). Whereas the allyl-substituted sydnone 1 undergoes an intramolecular 1,3-dipolar cyclodddition at room temperature in solution to yield 13 (Scheme 4), the alkenyloxy-substituted sydnones 12a-e are thermally stable. On irradiation of 1 and 12a-d, formation of the fused dihydropyrazoles 2 and 14a-d (Schemes 1 and 5) is observed. In the case of 12d, the yield of 14d is very low, and the symmetric 1,2,3-triazole 15a has been isolated as the main product. A very likely reaction mechanism for the formation of the photoproducts involves decarboxylation of the sydnones to give a nitrile-imine which undergoes an intramolecular 1,3-dipolar cycloaddi- tion onto the C=C bond.