NIAGARA FALLS, NY - Over 100,000 people from around the world came out Friday night to watch a once in a lifetime stunt performed by dare-devil Nik Wallenda. Crowds gathered on both the American and Canadian side of Niagara Falls to watch as Wallenda successfully crossed the falls by tight rope.
About 4,000 people purchased tickets to be able to view the walk from Terrapin Point on the American side. Dozens more gathered behind the gates to watch as well.
People from across the world came to see the spectacular feat. People like Junaid Patel from Pakistan. "We came to see the falls, but when I heard about this we scheduled it for this week specifically," said Patel.
The crowds in Canada were even larger. People started picking spots along the edge of the gorge in Canada early Friday morning to the prime searing spots. Officials estimate more than 105,000 people watched from Niagara Falls, Ontario.
It wasn't until Wallenda was about 1/3 of the way across until the Canadian crowds could spot Wallenda through the mist.
Suzanna Crocoll was visiting from Germany and was among the crowds on the Canadian side of the falls. "I was really nervous. I got really warm I have to say, and got excited, but I was very happy that he had the support in case something would have happened," said Crocoll.
Once he approached the finish line, crowds let out a thunderous applause. Wallenda ran the last few yards before climbing into that basket, to finish his dream, that started when he was just 6 years old.