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‘The Wallenda Walk at Niagara Falls’ set for June 15

Photo courtesy of Walk the Falls

blog by Kathryn Przybyla  • 

Coming from a family known as “The legendary Great Wallendas,” you know this guy means business.

Announced today by the Niagara Tourism and Convention Corporation, Nik Wallenda, “King of the High Wire,” will dare to tightrope walk across the American and Horseshoe Falls.

Born into a family of traveling performers and historic touring acts, Wallenda began his career at age two, dressed as a clown. He began walking the wire at age four and had his first professional performance at age 13.

He will now take the next step in his career and attempt to tightrope walk across the American and Horseshoe Falls on June 15.

In a press release from Melissa Morinello, director of marketing and communications at the NTCC,

We are very excited to welcome Nik Wallenda and the attention his spotlight will bring on the long-standing allure of Niagara’s tremendous power, and the entire area as a whole.

Our entire staff will be working diligently to provide the most up-to-date information to residents and visitors who not only want to watch “The Wallenda Walk at Niagara Falls” live, but to also enjoy the many attractions and events that will be happening surrounding June 15, 2012.

To see some of Wallenda’s tightrope stunts, check out this video:

NTCC has launched a website where area residents and visitors will find general information about the logistics of the day, including where to watch the walk live. Additionally, tourists can access an online reservation system for lodging and accommodations, and there will be a continuously updated list of attractions and things to do throughout Niagara County.

You can get all your “Wallenda information” at WalkTheFalls.com.

Tightrope walk

According to the NTCC,

It has been more than 150 years since the “Great Blondin” first walked the Niagara Gorge on a tightrope. Stunting in Niagara Falls State Park has been banned for decades, however earlier this year New York State Senator George Maziarz, R-Newfane and New York State Assemblyman John Ceretto, R-Lewiston worked towards the passage of legislation to allow this one-time daredevil act with Wallenda to take place.

Here is some great information on “The Great Blondin.”

Photo courtesy of Walk the Falls.

TAGGED: great blondin, niagara falls, niagara tourism and convention corporation, nik wallenda, tightrope walk, walk the falls

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