As Maryse Messier pulled ropes and raised metal frames last week, she said she was glad it was only drizzling outside.
"This is actually a very nice site," said Messier."We've had to deal with mud and wind and dust flying everywhere in other places."
Passersby may notice a new structure on the west side of the Golden State (5) Freeway just south of the Burbank Boulevard exit: a 110-foot-tall tent for Cavalia — a traveling equestrian performance show.
Cavalia, which visited Glendale in 2004, combines acrobats, aerialists, dancers, musicians, riders, and, of course, horses.
Raising the 10-story high tent marks the beginning of nearly a monthlong process to get ready for opening day.
Crews must set-up a kitchen, training stations, warm-up and storage areas before the performers and the horses arrive, Messier, a tent technician for the group, said.
The City Council agreed to waive the $8,944 fee associated with the lease of the city-owned property on Front Street in part because of the extensive marketing that will feature downtown Burbank.