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Carnival date change for 2020 - Friday 8th May

Updated: Mar 5

Luton International Carnival is making an exciting return to Luton Town Centre as part of this year’s VE Day 75 commemorative event, which celebrates 75 years since the guns fell silent at the end of the war in Europe.


To mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day, the early May bank holiday is moving from Monday 4th to Friday 8th May and Luton Council will be providing a programme of activities as part of the National commemorations in St George’s Square.


Luton’s vibrant and colourful Carnival will be a major part of the town-wide celebration, moving from its traditional Spring Bank Holiday spot to Bank Holiday Friday 8th May, with the theme of “Give Peace a Chance”. As a major cultural event in the town, Luton International Carnival brings together all of Luton's diverse communities. What better celebration can there be, than to mark 75 years of peace?



The Carnival parade will begin at 12-noon at Wardown Park, but this year the route will be adjusted to take in St George’s Square in the Town Centre by mid afternoon.


The parade will then lead the crowds to return to Wardown Park where the party will continue with music, food, stalls and funfair attractions for families until 7pm.


Commemorative events will take place across the 3-day weekend and also include:


Saturday 9th May: Family day with groups and families free to organise their own celebrations.


Sunday 10th May: Formal church celebration at St Marys & St Lukes Churches followed by Street Party style celebrations organised by Luton’s BID in the region of The Mall.

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