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|Wallenda Walk over the Falls - June 15|
Wallenda Walk over the Falls - June 15
The seventh-generation member of the Flying Wallenda's spent months getting the necessary permissions from Canada and the United States for the cross-border stunt. Mr. Wallenda's stunt will merge two pop culture traditions: his own families death-defying feats on the high wire and the daredevil acts at Niagara Falls that date back more than 100 years. Wallenda won't be in a safety harness and refuses to be tethered in any way to the wire he will cross. Nor will there be any kind of a safety net beneath him.
Estimates say 125 000 people will pack in along the Canadian side of the Falls to watch Wallenda inch from Goat Island to Table Rock. That's more than double the record amount of people that showed up at Queen Victoria Park to ring in 2012 on New Year's Eve. Wallenda's team expects over half a billion people around the globe to tune in for his walk, the focus of a prime time special on Discovery Channel.
The 550-metre walk on a cable strung 61 meter's high, between Goat Island in New York to Table Rock in Ontario, will take 35 to 40 minutes to complete.