On the morning of May 2, 2012, Nik Wallenda and the Niagara Parks Commission (NPC) were pleased to announce that after much speculation, the official date that Wallenda will tightrope walk across Niagara Falls is June 15, 2012.
Wallenda, who obtained approval from both U.S. and Canadian officials to attempt this feat, plans to cross the Niagara Gorge on Friday, June 15, beginning at approximately 10 p.m. Wallenda will make the approximate 550-metre (1,800-foot) crossing above the world-renowned Horseshoe Falls. Fireworks over Niagara Falls will follow once the walk is complete.
In announcing the walk, Wallenda stated, “This has been a dream of mine ever since I saw Niagara Falls for the first time when I was six years old. I fully expect this to be only the beginning of my life long relationship with Niagara Falls.”
According to NPC Chair Janice Thomson, “Given Niagara’s storied history with stunting and daredevil attempts, it is appropriate that Niagara Falls serve as the backdrop for this event; one which pays tribute to the individuals and performances of long ago, while highlighting Niagara Parks’ ongoing role as one of the world’s leading tourism destinations. This event will allow NPC and our colleagues at the New York State Park to showcase our world-class venues and inspire all those who wish to make Niagara their vacation destination of choice.”
Wallenda’s tightrope walk is expected to draw more than 120,000 people between both Parks to witness the event firsthand. A major American television network will broadcast Wallenda’s historic high wire walk live, enabling millions of viewers to watch worldwide.
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