The world's largest touring show is about to open in Winnipeg.

Odysseo combines equestrian and acrobatic performance with live music under the world's largest big top.

Founder and artistic director Normand Latourelle says Odysseo's stop in Winnipeg has seen the best pre-sales in the show's history.

Latourelle says even though Winnipeg is the smallest market to ever host Odysseo, 40-thousand people bought advance tickets.

The show's run has now been extended to October 18.

Odysseo launches with a sold-out opening performance Thursday evening under the temporary big top at Wilkes Avenue and Kenaston Boulevard.

Reporter Luke Thiessen was there for an advance preview Wednesday afternoon.

Below are some photos from the event.