Luton International Carnival 2018 - 27th May


Luton International Carnival takes place from 1pm to 6pm this Sunday (27 May) and everyone is invited to enjoy a fantastic day of family entertainment. Here is some important information about the parade, road closures and diversionary routes supplied by Luton Borough Council.

​All the carnival fun will be in Wardown Park and the day promises to be full of entertainment and colour, with something for everyone to enjoy.

The day promises to include magnificent costumes, fairground rides, food stalls, sound sites, health and well-being stalls, arts and crafts.

The route for Luton’s International Carnival parade is as follows:


starts on New Bedford Road opposite the entrance to Cromwell Road
continues along New Bedford Road clockwise, heading towards Stockingstone Road
moves onto Old Bedford Road
continues down onto Cromwell Hillontinues down onto Cromwell Hill
back onto New Bedford Roadack onto New Bedford Road

Parking will be available at The Mall in the town centre and at Luton train station on Midland Road.

Road closures include:

​New Bedford Road - 8.30am until 8pm
Old Bedford Road - 11am until 5.30pm
Stockingstone Road - 11am until 4pm
Cromwell Hill - 8:30am until 8pm
Download a map of all road closures​ , diversionary routes and the parade route, and visit www.carnivalarts.org.uk to find out more. ​​​​

Cllr Hazel Simmons said: “It’s Carnival time! As leader of Luton Council I am excited and pleased to be able to support and promote this fantastic event – a highlight of the Luton year since 1976.

“It’s a family day that celebrates the real richness of our diverse and colourful community, and as ever we are working closely with our colleagues in the police to ensure this is a happy and safe day for everyone.”


Chief Inspector Mark Farrant, who is coordinating the police operation on the day, said: “Carnival is an important event for residents of Luton, and once again we are proud to support the festivities to ensure everyone has a safe and enjoyable time."

“We continue to work closely with UKCCA, Luton Borough Council and many other partners to ensure the event runs smoothly and securely.

“I’d urge members of the public to practice personal safety and security on the day, keeping your belongings safe and ensuring you stay together. We’ll have lots of officers on duty on the day, so please do approach them if you need to report any concerns, or even if you just want to say hello!”

Luton International Carnival is run by the UK Centre for Carnival Arts.

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