All About the Luton Carnival

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Did you know that as of 2017, around 6,000 people are employed in tourism related industries in Luton? These employees are working in travel agencies, restaurants, bars, hotels, libraries, and sports and recreational facilities. The numbers can be well understood by the fact that in 2009, approximately 113,000 visits to Luton were made by overseas tourists, according to, with the number of visitors only increasing since then.

Other than the exciting tourist destinations Luton has to offer, the Luton Carnival is also a great crowd puller, being the town’s most popular multicultural event. It is one of the main reasons that attract tourists to this town. A creative and cultural extravaganza, this carnival includes dance, music, spectacular costumes, performance and pageantry. An expression of the British culture, the Luton Carnival is something that should be seen at least once in your lifetime, says a spokesperson from Holiday Inn Luton South, a hotel that offers world class accommodation in Luton, near the airport.

The Luton Carnival

The Luton International Carnival is one of the greatest one-day carnivals in Europe, being held on the streets around Wardown Park, since 1976. The carnival features a spectacular parade, with participants and street dancers in amazing costumes. The parade circles the park and passes the judging point on Old Bedford Road. Other than the colourful parade, revellers can enjoy the festive atmosphere created by the mesmerizing craft, heart thumping music and food stalls selling delectable dishes.

This makes the best time to visit this town on the last May Spring bank holiday, which is when the carnival is held.

Major Attractions

The Luton Carnival has always featured local and international artists, who take this cultural event to an altogether different level. In 2016, the carnival featured Rhythms of the City, the UK’s #1 touring Samba band, international Reggae sensation Peter Hunningale, and folk music from local singer, Teela2u, and Soca star, Scrappy, The Heritage Survival Band performed Afro-Jazz, and local five-piece rock band, Charlie Indestructible, performed blistering riffs too.

In 2017, the audience enjoyed fairground rides, one of three sound sites and experience the Health and Well-Being Zone, in addition to the parade.

Health and Well Being Zone

The Health and Well Being Zone became part of the Luton Carnival in 2016. This zone comprises 19 local health and wellbeing organisations. It features a community stage, various food stalls and, to top of all, an amazing festive atmosphere. What makes the Health and Well Being Zone highly attractive is that all the activities within this zone can be enjoyed for free. Revellers get to enjoy drumming, jamming and song writing at 24 music stalls, football, Zumba, body blitz and tug of war, face painting, and giant children’s games. To promote mental health, the ELFT Mental Health Trust arranges talks for carnival revellers.

The Luton International Carnival is a great opportunity to spend fun times with the family. Make sure you book accommodation well in time in one of the hotels near Luton Airport that offers parking.

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