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(dailynews.com) Campers set up along the Rose Parade‘s route on New Year’s Eve won’t see a late night stream of hot rods, muscle cars and low riders cruising by this year because the city plans to close off Colorado Boulevard earlier than ever before.

The Pasadena Police Department will shut down roads along the parade route starting at 10 p.m. Dec. 31, with all of the closures finished within the hour.

Impromptu, pre-parade cruising is a tradition and added excitement to the long wait for the people sitting out in the cold. Everything from Model Ts to flame-covered street racers could be seen circling the 5 1/2-mile route throughout the night.

Colorado Boulevard typically closed in the early mornings on New Year’s Day.

Pasadena police Chief Phillip Sanchez said officials decided to close the route off roughly six hours earlier to prevent the possibility of someone using a vehicle as a weapon. Campers are allowed to move their belongings into the street, as long as they stay behind the blue line, starting at 10 p.m., the same time the roads will close.

“If we’re allowing people to step into the road, it just makes sense to close the road,” Sanchez said.

Sanchez pointed to incidents around the world of trucks and other vehicles plowing into crowds, including the attack in Melbourne this week in which 14 were injured, as reason for the earlier closures.

The Police Department and its federal partners adapt their strategy for the country’s largest New Year’s Day parade in response to incidents throughout the world. This year, they studied the mass shooting in Las Vegas “extensively” and have taken extra steps for the parade, he said.

“I won’t go into specifics, but the Pasadena Police Department is well prepared for those threats,” Sanchez said. Still, he stressed that there are no known threats to the parade and his department continues to work with the Department of Homeland Security, the Secret Service and other federal agencies to monitor for anything that could put the parade at risk.

The Rose Parade received a “Special Event Assessment Rating” in 2015 that puts security on the same level as the Super Bowl in terms of federal resources.

The police presence at the Rose Parade increases every year, and 2018 will be no different. Sanchez said there will be more officers, operating overtly and covertly, than ever before.

Visitors should expect to see armed police officers and Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies patrolling the streets, as well as bomb-sniffing dogs. Cameras have covered the entire route since 2015.

Sanchez said it’s important for those attending the parade to notify police if they see something suspicious.

Anyone going to the game should remember the Rose Bowl has a strict clear bag policy and to arrive early because of the delays caused by the increased security.

On New Year’s Eve, campers can secure their spots along the route, starting at 12 p.m.

Fire Chief Bertral Washington said campers should prepare for temperatures in the low 40s by bringing extra layers, blankets and other ways to stay warm. The parade itself is expected to have sunny skies and temperatures in the 70s, so bring sunglasses and hats, he said.

The city recommends visitors verify that street vendors have a proper license before purchasing any food along the route.