The Luton Carnival Spectacular Returns

Up to 100,000 people are expected in Luton today for the 2014 Carnival!

This year, Carnival takes place on Sunday (25th May) at Wardown Park and around Luton town centre

Organisers say the highlight of the day will be the spectacular carnival parade which leaves Wardown Park at 1:30pm and will wind through the town centre in one breathtaking procession, finishing back at Wardown Park. 

Around 1,000 people will be a part of the parade this year, with some of the biggest and most exciting costumes ever to be seen at Luton’s carnival showing off the art and culture from all over the world.
In addition to the colourful parade, stalls and food, international music will be available at the six sound sites across the town centre and at Wardown Park. 
Throughout the day there will be performances from a raft of artists, with something to enjoy for fans of every genre. A variety of world music will be on offer at St George’s Square, while fans of urban music should head straight to Gordon Street.
The tempo will be quicker at the New Bedford Road site where drum n bass will be on offer all day, while three sound sites in Wardown Park will cater for dance, reggae, soul and RnB lovers.
Luton Carnival Map 2014

Road closure times

  • New Bedford Road at Stockingstone Road (07:00 - 20:00)
  • Foxglove Way at New Bedford Road (07:00 - 20:00)
  • Wardown Court at New Bedford Road (07:00 - 20:00)
  • Nickmar Court at New Bedford Road (07:00 - 20:00)
  • Lakeview at New Bedford Road (07:00 - 20:00)
  • Alexandra Avenue at New Bedford Road (07:00 - 20:00)
  • Lansdowne Road at New Bedford Road  (07:00 - 20:00)
  • Studley Road at New Bedford Road (07:00 - 20:00)
  • Studley Road at Biscot Road (07:00 - 20:00)
  • Gregories Close at New Bedford Road (07:00 - 20:00)
  • Cromwell Hill at New Bedford Road (07:00 - 20:00)
  • Cromwell Road at New Bedford Road (07:00 - 20:00)
  • Brook Street at New Bedford Road (11:00 - 20:00)
  • Old Bedford Road at Villa Road (11:00 - 20:00)
  • Midland Road at Hatton Place (11:00 - 20:00)
  • Guildford Street at Car Park (11:00 - 20:00)
  • Guildford Street at Entrance to Menzies Hotel (11:00 - 20:00)
  • Guildford Street at Bute Street (11:00 - 20:00)
  • Wellington Street at George Street (11:00 - 20:00)
  • Wellington Street at Stuart Street (11:00 - 20:00)
  • Dunstable Place at Stuart Street (11:00 - 20:00)
  • Dunstable Place at Upper George Street (11:00 - 20:00)
  • Alma Link at Upper George Street (11:00 - 20:00)
  • Alma Link at Inkerman Street (11:00 - 20:00)
  • Collingdon Street at New Bedford Road (11:00 - 20:00)
  • Mill Street at New Bedford Road (11:00 - 20:00)
  • Telford Way at Dunstable Road (11:00 - 20:00)
  • Crawley Road at Telford Way (11:00 - 20:00)
  • Cromwell Hill at Old Bedford Road (11:00 - 20:00)
  • Guildford Street at Cheapside (11:00 - 20:00)
  • Silver Street at Library Road (11:00 - 20:00)
  • New Bedford Road at Hucklesby Way (at Bridge) (07:00 - 20:00)
  • Malzeard Road at Biscot Road (07:00 - 20:00)

Lisa Marie Trump, Chief Executive of the UK Centre for Carnival Arts, said: "Carnival day is getting closer and closer and we’re delighted to be able to announce another fantastic day of arts and entertainment. 
Once again we have a huge day planned. Our parade is set to be really exciting, with a great mix of our local carnival groups and some special guests from further afield. 
We also have an incredible array of music on offer across our six sound sites, with live performances from some fantastic artists." 
Visit the 2014 Carnival Arts page for more information, including a list of all the artists performing across the sound stages.

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