The Wallendas, a family of world-renowned high wire performers, will be high in the sky on September 15 at the Smile on Maspeth Day carnival, an annual free community event hosted by Maspeth Federal Savings.
The family, better known as The Flying Wallendas, have been performing for six generations. They are in the Guinness Book of World Records for accomplishing both eight and ten-person pyramids on the tight rope. They have also been awarded the Silver Clown from the Monte Carlo International Circus Festival.
The family tradition of daredevil circus acts began in 1922 in Germany with Karl Wallenda, who began performing at the age of six. Karl toured Europe with friends and family members for several years, developing most his own acts along the way.
The Wallendas were eventually hired by John Ringling to perform at the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus.
Tino Wallenda follows in his grandfathers’ footsteps to this day. His wife Olinka is also a sixth-generation performer, specializing in aerial performances and high wire. Together they have four children, Alida, Andrea, Aurelia and Alessandro, who also perform on the high wire.
Tino’s nephew Nik is no stranger to heights either. In 2011, Nik and his mother, Delilah Wallenda Troffer, did a high-wire walk between two hotels in Puerto Rico to honor Karl, who fell to his death attempting the same act in 1978 at the age of 73.
Other notable Wallenda feats are the quarter-mile walk across Niagara Falls in 2012 and the 1,300-foot crossing above Times Square in June 2019.
Come see The Flying Wallendas live at Maspeth Federal Savings at 56-18 69th Street during the Smile on Maspeth Day carnival on September 15 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.