PASADENA (CBSLA.com) — The Rose Parade is a day away but on Thursday crowds already started lining the streets.
Businesses also began fencing off areas to keep their windows safe and secure from the throngs.
CBS2’s Jeff Nguyen went out and talked to some of the early campers on Colorado Boulevard.
“Wwe don’t normally get this close a parking [spot],” says Geoffrey Hayton.
The Hayton family caught a break this year when they were able to find parking for their SUV right in front of their favorite camp spot for tomorrow’s parade.
Parade goers were allowed to set up at noon Thursday.
“We’ve been doing this for 40 years. And my father actually started the tradition for our family,” Hayton said.
The FBI and Homeland Security will join local law enforcement along the parade route, The heavy security presence is in response to the terror attack in San Bernardino earlier this month.
Due to security concerns, campfires and all types of fireworks are banned along the parade route.
In addition: tents, couches and large chairs are also forbidden.
“I know it’s going to be hectic tonight and pretty scary. But it’s going to be a lot of police officers here. We’ll just stay together all the time,” said parade goer Alexa Johnson.
“We all just got to be vigilant and watch out. I’ve heard a lot of people say if you see anything strange report it. That’s all we can do at the end of the day,” said Cole Hayton.
A church group from Eagle Rock will be cheering 300 strong as the floats, bands and equestrian groups roll by.
They came prepared with plenty of food.
“As cold as it is, warm food is the best,” said one congregant.
The overnight chill is no laughing matter to Alexandra Fisher or her friends.
“We all have our own sleeping bag. And we have like 2 pairs of blankets each. We have leggings. Leggings on top of leggings. Sweatpants on top of leggings. Jeans. And then three pairs of fuzzy socks,” said Alexandra Fisher.
With three generations worth of parade watching experience — Geoffrey Hayton is efficient about the set up and breakdown of his family’s campsite.
His SUV can’t stay here tonight or during the parade.
“I’ll take the bicycle and I’lll ride back here. And then we’ll repeat the process in the morning when the parade’s over. I’ll ride my bike back to where the parade is located. We’ll bring it back and we’ll load up again,” Hayton said.