Louisville police responded to few incidents Friday during the first Louisville Downtown Street Faire of the season.

Parking violations were a notable exception.

Parking tickets reached double-digits for the first time at the Street Faire, and first-year Police Chief David Hayes said that number easily could have been higher, and likely will be this week.

"Although I suspect we could have written more, our officers wrote 10 tickets, which as I understand it was probably a lot compared to even what we did last year," Hayes said. "Our plan is to continue with that and be a little more assertive this Friday night."

The city introduced a street-painting campaign to highlight no-parking zones in residential areas, but problems persisted last week with patrons blocking residential and business access.

Hayes said his department will continue to ticket violators as long as the situation continues.

"I'm hoping that we don't have to write a whole bunch more tickets, but I suspect that we'll get more tickets Friday night and probably the next couple of Friday nights," Hayes said. "Our hope is at some point that people talk about it enough and the message gets out, that eventually our ticket count actually goes down."


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Hayes, who attended the Street Faire in plain clothes in attempt to "watch and learn," said event organizers need to buckle down on beer garden I.D. checks, and emergency vehicle access must be improved, but for most part the Front Street event went smoothly.

Louisville Mayor Pro Tem Hank Dalton was relieved to hear the after-hours crowd that often lingers on Main Street after the Street Faire didn't create the same noise and trash issues for the surrounding neighborhood that it has in the past.

"In the past we've had complaints ... about people who have overindulged making raucous noise in the neighborhood and leaving trash and beer cans and bottles," Dalton said.

Louisville police this year established an operations plan with officers continuing increased patrols in the Downtown area throughout the night after Street Faire ends.

Hayes said what minor issues were identified Friday already have been addressed.

"My staff has already met with (Downtown Business Association members) and they've figured out some solutions," Hayes said.

The Street Faire returns Friday with a performance by Terrance Simien & The Zydeco Experience. The Street Faire is open from 5 to 10 p.m. The free concert runs from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Steinbaugh Pavilion, 824 Front St.

Contact Colorado Hometown Weekly Doug Pike at 720-648-5022 or piked@coloradohometownweekly.com