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    Eat your heart out Notting Hill!
    Carnival fever came to Luton on Bank Holiday Monday with the 29th International Carnival looking to have been the biggest and best yet.

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    The origins of Carnival can be traced right back to pre-Roman times, when it was all decidedly Pagan.

    In time, Christianity took over and influenced the celebrations.

    Throughout history, Carnival has been subtly changing and modifying as it was integrated into different cultures and taken to different countries.

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    It looks like it's going to be a good day!
    Wardown Park picture gallery

    They're on their way!
    Procession photo gallery 1

    More photos from the route
    Procession photo gallery 2

    Were you there? See if you've made our gallery!
    Revellers photo gallery 1

    Carnival And if you're not in that one - try this one!
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    Around 150,00 people are thought to have attended the 29th Luton International Carnival on Bank Holiday Monday with up to 1800 people actually taking part on more than 60 floats.

    Carnival procession
    Carnival can be a serious business!

    Once again the centre of Luton came to a standstill for the biggest one day celebration in Europe, although those in the procession were anything but still as they danced the full length of the route.

    The streets were awash with colour and music - including a giant float from BBC Three Counties Radio, on which Luton Youth Music played in a samba band, while pupils from Icknield High danced their hearts out.

    Many different groups, clubs, schools, societies and communities were involved, bringing a diverse mix of arts, music and culture to the streets of the town.

    Dancing the route!

    From masquerade groups and sound trucks to steel bands and stilt walkers - there was something in the parade to entertain everyone.

    The procession followed a slightly altered route this year and at one point, it came to a halt, after one of the articulated lorries taking part became wedged under a bridge - but it was soon released!

    The weather was glorious and held out all afternoon so that revellers could thoroughly enjoy the extravaganza.

    your comments

    Alaina, Luton Wednesday, 08-Sep-2004 20:40:46 BST
    Hiya again I cant wait till the next carnival and I hope it would be much betta then the 1 taht happenend thanks once again Gareth Lloyd once again. Lots of love Alaina

    Keisha, Lesta Sunday, 05-Sep-2004 00:46:47 BST
    hav been goin 2 da luton carnival each year..n each time it gt betta & betta..this year it was sooo gud! da parade was jst colourful,loud, n visible 4 bare ppl 2 see. Wiley brought a crazii atmosphere 2 da garage section n every1 enjoyed it! Luton carnival shud b bigga n betta next time..Keep it up yea..Luvin da carnii! BLAP! BLAP BLAP!!

    Catherine Farenden, Luton Thursday, 12-Aug-2004 22:00:31 BST
    WOW,carnival was gr8 this year,i'm in so many pictures on the internet:P MAD HATTERS CIRCUS SKILLS!!!!!

    Kat Upton, Luton Monday, 28-Jun-2004 22:29:50 BST
    Echelon Blue were the highlight of the carnival.. the carnival is the same every year.. it was nice to have some really music and if anyone has any pictures of them could they send them on.. thanks

    Sexy Drummer, Luton Saturday, 05-Jun-2004 09:56:08 BST
    I was drumming on the float and it was so loud, it was brilliant, thankyou bbc three counties radio.

    Jon Pearce, Luton Friday, 04-Jun-2004 14:44:20 BST
    Thanks to Gareth and the team for a great day! Well done for winning, but we deserved it !!!

    Eloise, Luton Thursday, 03-Jun-2004 19:26:57 BST
    The Carnival was great. I was on the 3 counties bbc float and we rocked! Hope you do it again next year. I want to be part. Well done to all the other drummers and dancers. Well done to all the bbc people who helped us on the day. Thankyou Eloise

    Pete, Luton Thursday, 03-Jun-2004 15:32:39 BST
    As a parent of a child who took part in the BBC float for the Luton Carnivale. I would just like to say congratualtions to the BBC for the effort they have put into the Luton Carnival. Your float was fantastic and deserved to win. All the BBC staff who helped with the children we're fantastic. Thank you. And the pictures look fantastic, there are millions of them. Just been onto Childrens FM website... ha ha ha only 19 pictures! Well done all at BBC Radio 3 Counties.

    Andrew ( best drummer in the world!!), Luton Wednesday, 02-Jun-2004 18:11:56 BST
    Thanks Gareth for the great time i had performing on the 3CR float it was exellent. My ears were still ringing the next day!! You definately deserved to win the best float of the year!

    Paul B, luton Wednesday, 02-Jun-2004 14:46:56 BST
    Local rock band Echelon Blue totally rocked out at Wardown park, there was something for everyone. Party on Luton.

    Gary, Dunstable Wednesday, 02-Jun-2004 13:04:14 BST
    This years carnival was the best. Three Counites you rocked. congratulations on winning the best float.

    Matthew Rebecca, Luton Wednesday, 02-Jun-2004 11:19:20 BST
    I was in the parade and I realy enjoyed it there were times my legs hurt(like the whole of the next day) but it was a fantastic day and something I can brag about at school

    mazzie, Wednesday, 02-Jun-2004 10:20:53 BST
    Well what a great day - the children were great, the atmosphere was great and the BBC Three Counties Float was by far the loudest of them all - (you could hear the music from the float in the outskirts of Dunstable!) and was definitely the most energetic. Everyone had a really fun day out and congratulations everybody at 3CR for winning Best Float 2004! Well deserved!

    Donna C, Luton Tuesday, 01-Jun-2004 14:46:52 BST
    I have to say this years Carnival was the best... Congratulations to everyone who worked hard in getting the costumes and floats together, congratulations to all of those who took part, As a parent of one of your performers from Icknield High and finding her photos on your web site we are all proud of them all...... The weather was kind..... Taking part of such a big event is such a award to everyone and the memories, Thank You Gareth Lloyd you kept Icknield high performers and the Youth Band going.... From Alaina's Mum

    Alaina, Luton Tuesday, 01-Jun-2004 13:56:45 BST
    thankyou for putting my picture on the internet it was the one that had 3 girls smiling in the 3 countys radio t-shirt.

    Heather Catterfeld, Harpenden Monday, 31-May-2004 18:51:31 BST
    A great procession - thanks to all who prepared it, took part, marshalled and to those who cleared up afterwards. There were some terrific costumes and music. BUT - my family and I stood opposite the Town Hall and it was frustrating to see the artistes performing on the platform barely visible to us and have to wait far too long for them to continue in the procession. We, and others in the crowd, thought that this rather broke up the momentum of the procession and felt it unnecessary.

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