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Thousands expected at Luton International Carnival 2011

Plans are nearing completion for the Luton International Carnival on bank holiday Monday on 30 May.

The event, which is Britain's biggest one-day carnival, is expected to attract more than 100,000 visitors to the Bedfordshire town.

Organisers say the parade will include up to 2,000 people.

"One of the highlights of living in Luton is the Luton International Carnival", said council leader Hazel Simmons.

"This is a fantastic event showcasing what Luton has to offer - artistic flair and a wealth of talents and skills. With a reputation of being one of the safest carnivals in the country, it's a great day out for all the family," she said.

Reflect diversity

Luton International Carnival is organised on behalf of Luton Borough Council by Luton Culture's Watch This Space events team.

Organisers say the blend of Caribbean, African, Asian, English, Latin American and Irish music together with a variety of dance, food and entertainment will reflect the diversity of the town.

Andy Grays, Director of Arts said: "It takes a year to plan an event of this size, bringing tens of thousands of people together to enjoy the spectacular parade, music and food from across the globe.

"This year the main focus will be on showcasing home grown talent and regional artists giving them an opportunity to perform live in front of thousands of people."

The BBC Introducing... team from Three Counties Radio will be hosting the main stage in Wardown Park, showcasing the best in unsigned live music from across Beds, Herts and Bucks.

There will also be a special youth stage at Telford Way car park with sounds from locally-based DJs and MCs.

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