WATCH: Hundreds of parachutists jump off 876-foot bridge

FAYETTEVILLE, WV (WFLA) — Parachutists from all over the world gathered in West Virginia on Saturday to take part in a heart-stopping tradition.

The annual Bridge Day Festival is the only time people are legally allowed to jump off the New River Gorge Bridge in Fayetteville.

Base-jumping daredevils launch themselves off the bridge above white-water rapids to celebrate the tradition.

The bridge stands at 876 feet and is considered the third-highest bridge in the country.

The festival began in 1980. Organizers estimated about 80,000 people would show up this year. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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