1. ITV Report

Thousands celebrate Luton Carnival

One of the costumes at the Luton Carnival Photo: Credit: Steve Bainbridge

Thousands of people joined in the celebrations at the Luton International Carnival yesterday.

The annual one-day event was hailed a success by organisers. Hopeton Walker, Chairman of the UK Centre for Carnival Arts, was delighted with the carnival atmosphere.

“The UK Centre for Carnival Arts is proud of the way Lutonians came out in their thousands to enjoy a truly spectacular day. Everywhere you looked there was colour, costumes, talent, diversity, music, families, friends and fun. The glorious sunshine added to the magic and the buzz on the streets kept everyone smiling all day."

– Hopeton Walker, UK Centre for Carnival Arts
Organsiers say it was a "truly spectacular day" Credit: Steve Bainbridge

Bedfordshire Police says the event concluded peacefully with just a handful of arrests. Approximately 140 officers were on duty, supported by colleagues from British Transport Police.

“I’m delighted that residents and visitors to the town have been able to thoroughly enjoy such a wonderful event which highlights everything that is good about Luton. We’ve been witnesses to a truly spectacular carnival this year and everyone involved in the organisation and the procession itself deserve a lot of praise.“

– Chief Superintendent Mike Colbourne, Bedfordshire Police
A woman blows a kiss during the Luton Carnival parade Credit: Steve Bainbridge