By the time a lone percussionist kicked of the festivities at 8:50pm, 400 people had gathered at Centennial Square for an unsanctioned dance party.
The DIY Street party went ahead as planned despite organizers not having permits or permission to hold the event.
Dance Dance Victoria billed it as partying under the night sky without being manhandled by bouncers or a price of admission.
Organizers posted a message on the event’s website explaining why they hadn’t had any contact with City Hall or the police.
“We are inspired by grassroots protests, the DIY music scene, tent cities, and bike raves. We are not liaisoning with the cops and the City out of respect for the events, people, and communities they marginalize.”
But with no safety plan in place, authorities warned of potential problems.
Tonight, officers from Victoria, Oak Bay and Saanich were on hand to keep on eye on the festivities.
They were seen confiscating alcohol from some of the partygoers.
The crowd was much smaller than the more than 3000 who had said they would attend on the event’s Facebook page.
Early on, there were no plans to shut it down.
“We’ll determine that as the night goes on and see how many people actually show up and what kind of disruption they cause to the neighbouring businesses and people in the area,” said VicPD Cst. Matt Rutherford.
Still, organizers could be on the hook for the cost of any damage done during the party.