Rain showers couldn't dampen the enthusiasm at the 43rd Luton International Carnival as thousands turned out, umbrellas ready, to enjoy the parade and everything else the day had to offer
More than 30 carnival groups took part in the parade, wowing the crowds with themes as diverse in range as a High School Musical performance from the Griffin Players to the sunshine sounds of steel pan from the Revellers. The VIPs - Luton's Visually Impaired Social Group, who took part for the second year in a row, presented a Wizard Of Oz theme complete with larger than life Tin Man, Dorothy and Scarecrow.
Diverse Luton communities
Many of Luton's diverse communities were represented in the parade including Made In Hungary - the Hungarian group who took part for the first time this year.
Polonia Carnival Group again wowed the group with their impressive costumes and provided musical entertainment.
Om Group, Clouds of Blessings and Women For Peace also took part proving that Luton is a diverse and happy community all working in harmony together.
From further afield German stilt artists Oakleaf Stelzenkunst provided sky high
entertainment for the crowds! High Esteem from Leeds and Leicester Carnival were also represented providing carnival colour and entertaining the crowds.
Carnival regulars Rampage, St Kitts, Nevis and Friends Association, Luton Sickle Cell and Thalassaemia Care Forum and Scandalous brought their usual high energy performance and awe inspiring costume art to the proceedings.
Fun in Wardown Park
As well as the spectacular parade the popular Community Stage was back showcasing up and coming talent including Luton's O7 Drummers, Warriorz street dancers and more, closing with the mighty Sorts Naughty duo.
The Health and Wellbeing Zone again returned allowing visitors to meet Luton’s
amazing support organisations including Meaningful Education, Penrose, Signpost, Active
Luton, Mind BMLK and many more.
As well as the parade there were tasty treats for visitors to choose from, and a funfair to enjoy.