Taking Trek Across Niagara Falls

October 20, 2011 Updated Oct 20, 2011 at 8:22 AM EDT

By WKBW News
By By Jaclyn Asztalos

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October 20, 2011 Updated Oct 20, 2011 at 8:22 AM EDT

Niagara Falls, N.Y. (WKBW) - The Great Wallenda, The King of the High Wire or just simply Nik. These are all names for a man who is ready to take the trek across Niagara Falls on a high wire.

Dare Devil Nik Wallenda will be holding a press conference to talk about his plans for the big performance, which will happen sometime next year. Many people are in support of the act. Governor Cuomo approved a law that would allow Wallenda to perform the high wire act, something that has not been done in more than 100 years.

Now Canadian officials must approve the plan.

"We're celebrating the bicentennial, 200 years of peace between U.S. And Canada. 200 of the largest un-militarized border. We think the best way to celebrate it next year is to connect us with a big wire and Nick walk back and forth maybe carrying both flags. We're very supportive of it so now we got to get the parks commissioner and the province on site." Ontario, Canada Mayor James Diodati said.

Niagara Falls officials said it could bring hundreds of thousands of spectators to both the American and Canadian sides of the Falls. They hope those people will spend money on food and hotels in the area.

Cuomo approved the walk last June. Now, Wallenda has a year from that date to perform the trick.