Wallenda Begins Practice for Falls Walk

May 12, 2012 Updated May 12, 2012 at 6:47 PM EDT

By Allen Leight

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May 12, 2012 Updated May 12, 2012 at 6:47 PM EDT

NIAGARA FALLS, NY (WKBW) - Hundreds crowded into the Seneca Niagara Casino parking lot Saturday afternoon to watch high-wire aerialist Nik Wallenda practice for his historic tight-rope walk across Niagara Falls next month.

Wallenda is holding two sessions per day until May 22nd, one at 10:30 a.m. and one at 3:30 p.m. All are free and open to the public.

The crowds around the practice site continued to grow as Wallenda progressed along the 1,200 foot practice wire. Spectators stopped along the street as they snapped photos of the high-wire act.

The stuntman will be the first to attempt a high-wire walk across Niagara Falls on June 15, and will be part of a three-hour prime-time special on ABC Channel 7.