The City of Winnipeg went easy on dozens of motorists parked along the shoulders of Wilkes Avenue Thursday night.
Cavalia’s Odysseo debuted to a sold-out crowd of 2,000 at the corner of Kenaston Boulevard and Sterling Lyon Parkway.
While there was plenty of free parking in the gravel lot on site, an overflow situation began on nearby Wilkes Avenue.
The Winnipeg Parking Authority issued 74 warning tickets in “no parking” areas, according to a city spokeswoman.
Extra no parking signs were placed in the vicinity at the request of event organizers to ensure pedestrian safety and traffic flow.
“Working together with the event organizers, the WPA and the City of Winnipeg special events office decided to focus on education over enforcement by issuing warning tickets rather than punitive measure ticket and tows,” a statement from the city said.
Parking enforcement officers will be on site for the remainder of the production until October 18. Further illegally parked vehicles may be ticketed and towed.
The fine for parking in a non-designated zone is $70, or $35 if paid within 15 days.