Your guide to the Luton's biggest day out of the year
Get ready for the Carnival with a special supplement from the Herald & Post. Packed with all the information you need to know ahead of the big day. Including welcome messages from UKCCA Chief Paul Anderson, and Luton's Mayor Tom Shaw, as well as the Carnival route map, and much much more. Make sure you get your hands on a copy of this weeks Herald & Post, or alternatively click on the link below to read it online.
May 31st is Luton Carnival!
The 2010 parade is expected to be a true representation of the multi-ethnic, multi-cultural and diverse community that exists in Luton; with entries coming from the Polish, Irish, African, Caribbean and Asian – specifically the Hindu – communities. Carnival is the only art form that is not only all-inclusive, but it also crosses all barriers to also be all-embracing.
‘With a colourful, full-bodied and music filled parade expected to kick off at 1:30pm on May 31st, Luton Carnival for 2010 is surely looking like how it used to be in the heyday,’ says Jacqui Harding, Carnival Coordinator at Luton Cultural Services Trust. Harding shared that, ‘apart from the regular and faithful entries the parade this year will also have 11 percussion groups, about 25 lorries providing music as well as see a few more entries from local schools.’
UK Centre for Carnival Arts (UKCCA), the LCST’s partner in producing the carnival this year is quite supportive of these communities that take part in the carnival as their participation confirms the UKCCA’s message that carnival is great for community cohesion, community empowerment as well as cultural diversity and the fact that Carnival is more than just one day for the year. Paul Anderson, CEO of UKCCA, said, “Carnival offers an unrivalled wealth of possibilities for participation, learning, enjoyment, as well as avenues for both personal and community growth and development.”
With such high expectations of a beautiful parade and to show appreciation of the hard work that goes into making these exquisite costumes the LCST will also host an after Carnival awards ceremony to celebrate those who entered the Carnival parade. This year the ceremony is scheduled for June 4th so ensure that you put the date in your diary and stay tuned for more details.