NEW YORK CITY | Donning oversized 2017 eyeglasses and green Statue of Liberty hats, New Year’s Eve revelers began to fill Times Square on Saturday, hours before the glittering crystal ball drops in New York.

Officials estimate as many as a million celebrants will eventually descend upon the Crossroads of the World, braving cold temperatures and strong winds to bring in the New Year amid heavy police protection.

Stefania Moran, 25, from Puebla, Mexico, and five friends — who are nannies for families in the United States — traveled to New York to secure a coveted spot in one of 35 metal pens where re-entry is prohibited.

“I’ve always wanted to come to New York and this is one of the must-dos before you die,” she said.

New Year's Eve 2016 at 3:39pm
New Year’s Eve 2016 at 3:39pm
New Year's Eve 2016 at 3:39pm
New Year’s Eve 2016 at 3:42pm
New Year's Eve 2016 at 3:39pm
New Year’s Eve 2016 at 3:46pm

For more than two decades, security has gradually been tightened for the event. Recent deadly truck attacks in Germany and France brought about another security upgrade this year. Dozens of 20-ton sanitation trucks weighted with an extra 15 tons of sand are blocking off streets leading to the celebration zone.

About 7,000 police officers, along with specially armed counterterrorism units and bomb-sniffing dogs, are on guard.

Waterford Crystal Ball for New Year's Eve 2016
Waterford Crystal Ball for New Year’s Eve 2016

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