POSTED: Monday, December 31, 2012 - 6:00pm
UPDATED: Monday, December 31, 2012 - 6:04pm
NBC NATIONAL NEWS — The confetti has been tested, the numbers and crystal ball have been hoisted into place and
couples have even practiced their midnight kisses.
Times square has waited 364 days for tonight, while some of the hundreds of thousands who will pack this glowing, glittering patch of Manhattan have waited a lifetime.
"It's magic, everyone in the world wants to come to New York for New Year's," says tourist Terri Haros.
It is the biggest New Year's Eve party on the planet, and an army of New York City Police officers want to make sure it's the safest.
"We use our helicopters in the air. We have observation posts. We have chemical-radiological detectors that are the deployed. We deploy our mounted unit-- our horses. We have officers on the scooters. So, it is a major commitment on the part of the department," says NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly.
For 40 years Dick Clark was the master of ceremonies, sharing New Year's from Times Square with the world.
He's gone now, but will be honored tonight with a specially engraved panel on the Waterford Crystal Ball that drops at midnight.
"I know he'd be very appreciative of this, and never expect the panel to be in the ball. So, he'll be part of the celebration again. It's really amazing," says Kari Clark, his widow.
Revelers are in for a chilly party.
Temperatures at midnight will be in the 30s, and with the wind chill it will feel like it's around 25 degrees.