Hundreds of thousands of people from around the world are expected to converge upon New York City's Times Square this evening to ring in 2013.
The giant ball that is also traditionally dropped, will be covered with 2,688 Waterford crystal triangles and illuminated by more than 32,000 LEDs in red, blue, green and white, according to reports.
Security will be tight, with Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly stating that Times Square will be the "safest place in the world on New Year's Eve."
Joining uniformed police who will be using barriers to prevent overcrowding, checking handbags and enforcing a ban on alcohol, will be plainclothes officers assigned to blend into the crowd.
Reports also state that there have been no specific terror threats related to the celebration.
(Source: Wire Reports)