PASADENA - Rose Parade revelers should arrive early, dress in layers for cold weather, stay hydrated and nourished and report any suspicious activity around the parade route or the Rose Bowl Game, officials said Monday.
Pasadena police work with local, state and federal law enforcement agencies to ensure the parade route and Rose Bowl Game are as safe as possible but alert spectators also play an important role, Police Chief Phillip Sanchez said at a Monday press conference.
"The hardest person to protect against, of course, is the non-state, lone wolf actor," Sanchez said. "What I'm asking people on the parade route, is if you see something, say something. If something's suspicious, please get ahold of a Pasadena police officer or a uniformed police officer, and let them know what you've seen."
There were no specific security threats this year reported against the parade or game as of 3 p.m. Monday, police officials said.
Throwing marshmallows, tortillas and silly string at passing cars - although longtime New Year's traditions - are against the law, can result in physical altercations and arrests, Sanchez said.
Shooting of firearms at midnight is a felony and perpetrators will be arrested and their cases submitted to the DA's Office, he said.
"Arrive early, bring a lot of patience, dress warm, and recognize there will be hundreds of thousands of people, so civility and respectful treatment of one another is really the order of the day," Sanchez said.
The police department has been working with Occupy protesters, who plan to follow at the end of the parade as they did last year, he said.
About 10 different law enforcement agencies will be working with the city to ensure security, including plainclothes officers and canine units, said Deputy Police Chief Darryl Qualls.
There will be a Pasadena police officer teamed up with a Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputy along every two blocks of the 5.5-mile parade route starting Monday night, he said.
While the parade route has been fairly safe in recent years, people should be mindful of potential theft of their belongings, including purses, cell phones and Rose Bowl Game tickets, Qualls said.
"When you bring in an amount of people coming for the parade and game, there is always potential for opportunist-type crime," Qualls said.
Since Saturday, about 90 trained police department volunteers have been helping to register motor homes, trailers and other large vehicles parked along the parade route each day, said Pasadena Police Officer Nicole Bazzo, the department's volunteer coordinator. The practice of registering the vehicles and their owners began after Sept. 11, 2001, Qualls said.
In addition, 12 Pasadena Police Youth Advisors and nine Police Explorers a day have also assisted with registration of these vehicles, Bazzo said.
Pasadena Fire Chief Calvin Wells urged revelers - particularly young children and seniors - to dress warmly and in layers to avoid hypothermia, with temperatures expected to dip overnight into the 30s. Spectators should also stay hydrated and well-nourished throughout the day to avoid illnesses, and keep their medicines with them at all times, he said.
Pets should be left at home, since the noises along the route can scare them, said Lisa Derderian, a fire department spokeswoman.