Throngs to pack Times Square for mild, rainy New Year's Eve

Snoop Dogg, Sting and Christina Aguilera will welcome 2019 in a packed Times Square Monday along with revelers from around the world who come to see the traditional crystal ball drop, fireworks and a blizzard of confetti.

Spectators are expected to start assembling in early afternoon for the made-for-TV extravaganza. As has been the case for years, the celebration will take place under tight security, with partygoers checked for weapons and then herded into pens, ringed by metal barricades, where they wait for the stroke of midnight.

Any repeat visitors from last year's celebration will undoubtedly be praying for better weather. Last year's event was one of the coldest on record at 10 degrees Fahrenheit. Forecasters say Monday's party will take place amid mild temperatures but possibly rain. Umbrellas are banned for security reasons.

Rain or shine, performers will try to light up the crowd.

Bastille and New Kids On The Block will perform medleys of their hit songs on "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve," and singer songwriter Bebe Rexha will perform John Lennon's "Imagine" before the 60-second countdown to the midnight ball drop.

People who arrive early enough to grab a standing spot in Times Square itself may have a good view of the stages where the entertainers perform. The rest of the throngs, stuffed into pens stretching several blocks north toward Central Park, will be able to follow the action on viewing screens.

There are no public toilets in the pens, backpacks are banned and there are no garbage cans either, so picnicking for the event can be rough. But revelers will have plenty of companionship, though experts say probably well short of the 1 million to 2 million spectators claimed by city officials and organizers.

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(Original Caption) 1/1/1942-New York, New York-ORIGINAL CAPTION READS: Picture shows the crowd cheering in Times Square on New Years Eve, 1941.
UNITED STATES - JANUARY 01: Crowd fills Times Square for New Year's Eve celebration. (Photo by Ebbs Breuer/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
Crowds standing near an illuminated sign advertising the roman epic 'Quo Vadis' in New York's Times Square on New Years Eve. (Photo by Ernst Haas/Getty Images)
Celebrations on New Year's Eve, 1955, attract a huge crowd at Times Square.
(Original Caption) 1/1/1975-New York, New York-ORIGINAL CAPTION READS: Thousands of joyous New Year's Eve revelers crowd the Times Square area to watch the 86-foot descent of the 100-pound ball atop the 'building with no name.' In previous years, this building was called the Allied Chemical Building but, a man named ALex Barker, bought the structure earlier this year and announced that he would 'unname' it as of midnight.
UNITED STATES - DECEMBER 31: DICK CLARK'S NEW YEAR'S ROCKIN' EVE 1980 - 12/31/79 - 1/1/80, Dick Clark will lead America into the New Year, Monday, Dec. 31(11:35 p.m.-1:05 a.m., ET) on 'Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve 1980', airing on the ABC Television Network. Clark will count down to midnight from Times Square in New York City., (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - DECEMBER 31: DICK CLARK'S NEW YEAR'S ROCKIN' EVE 1988 - 12/31/87 - 1/1/88, Dick Clark will lead America into the New Year, on Thursday, Dec. 31 (11:35 p.m.-1:05 a.m., ET) on 'Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve 1988', airing on the ABC Television Network. Clark will count down to midnight from Times Square in New York City., (Photo by Craig Sjodin/ABC via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES: New Year's Eve celebrants wave balloons on a rainy and cold night in New York's Times Square as they await the coming of 1995 31 December. Police estimated that as many as 300,000 people crowded into Times Square to celebrate.(COLOR KEY: Barrier is blue, white letters.) (Photo credit should read HENNY RAY ABRAMS/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES: As the new year arrives, New York's Times Square is filled with celebrants 01 January. Despite cold and rainy weather, a crowd estimated at over 300,000 filled the streets to welcome 1995.(COLOR KEY: JVC sign is red with white letters.) (Photo credit should read HENNY RAY ABRAMS/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES: A New York City police officer (R) distributes balloons to some of the 500,000 people who braved the cold weather to celebrate the New Year in Times Square in New York 31 December. New York City Mayor and Rudolph Giuliani and a young Chinese gymnast ushered in 1999 pressed the button together that dropped the New Year's Ball to signal the beginning of the New Year. AFP PHOTOS Henny Ray ABRAMS (Photo credit should read HENNY RAY ABRAMS/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES: Father Time, a 16-foot-tall puppet, drifts above the crowd in Times Square which gathered to celebrate the New Year in New York 31 December. An estimated 500,000 people braved temperatures in the 20 degree range to welcome in 1999. AFP PHOTOS/Henny Ray ABRAMS (Photo credit should read HENNY RAY ABRAMS/AFP/Getty Images)
N 344606 002 12/31/98 New York City New Year's Eve In Times Square (Photo By Jeff Christensen/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES: Jamie Doran (L) and Lindsay Massey (C) from Virginia and Dana Martinez (R) from Texas begin celebrating the new year just before midnight 31 December in New York's Times Square. Thousands braved harsh tmperatures to welcome 1998. AFP PHOTO Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - DECEMBER 29: Performers are dressed for the chill temperatures as they rehearse for year 2000 New Year's Eve celebrations in Times Square. (Photo by Todd Maisel/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES: Steven Goldmacher of Philips Lighting Company screws in one of the 168 light bulbs in the Times Square New Year's Eve ball 20 December 1999 in New York. The six-feet diameter, 1,070 pound crystal ball will make its debut as the centerpiece of the Times Square 2000 celebration. AFP PHOTO/Doug KANTER (Photo credit should read DOUG KANTER/AFP/Getty Images)
360337 07: A crowd watches a street performer in Times Square November 15, 1999 in New York City. The Times Square area is undergoing a thorough revitalization prior to hosting its largest New Year''s Eve celebration, an event that will include elements of theater, street carnival, sound and light shows and dance to ring in the millennium for over 24 hours for every country in every time zone. (Photo by Brent Stirton/Liaison)
360337 07: A crowd watches a street performer in Times Square November 15, 1999 in New York City. The Times Square area is undergoing a thorough revitalization prior to hosting its largest New Year''s Eve celebration, an event that will include elements of theater, street carnival, sound and light shows and dance to ring in the millennium for over 24 hours for every country in every time zone. (Photo by Brent Stirton/Liaison)
UNITED STATES - CIRCA 1999: DICK CLARK'S NEW YEAR'S ROCKIN' EVE 1999 - 12/31/98- 1/1/99, Dick Clark will lead America into the New Year, on Thursday, Dec. 31 (11:35 p.m.-1:05 a.m., ET) on 'Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve 1999', airing on the ABC Television Network. Clark will count down to midnight from Times Square in New York City., Pictured: Dick Clark, (Photo by Donna Svennevik/ABC via Getty Images)
Julia Stiles, Andres Gomez MTV New Year's Eve Party MTV Studios, Times Square, NYC December 31, 2000. (Photo by Patrick McMullan/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES: Revelers in Times Square in New York prepare to ring in the year 2001, 31 December 2000. Times Square is a traditional gathering site to bring in the new year, and this year's crowd is expected to reach 500,000. . AFP PHOTO Henny Ray ABRAMS (Photo credit should read HENNY RAY ABRAMS/AFP/Getty Images)
N362241 02: Crowds of people wave balloons as they continue to party at Times Square, New York City long after Times Square 2000 bash kicked off at 6:30 a.m. this morning, December 31, 1999--when New Year arrived in the South Pacific. One thousand workers and volunteers join 500 musicians, dancers and actors, and 160 oversized puppets, to entertain the crowd. The party will go on past six a.m. tomorrow morning after the midnight debut of the stunning Waterford Crystal ball. (photo by Chris Hondros/Liaison Agency)
Atmosphere during New Year's 2006 in New York City - Times Square Atmosphere at Times Square in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/FilmMagic)
Atmosphere during New Year's 2006 in New York City - Times Square Atmosphere at Times Square in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/FilmMagic)
Atmosphere during New Year's 2006 in New York City - Times Square Atmosphere at Times Square in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage)
Atmosphere during New Year's 2006 in New York City - Times Square Atmosphere at Times Square in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage)
Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2011 - Celebrating the New Year in Times Square, the ABC Television Network presents Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2011, Friday, December 31, 2010. The Backstreet Boys, Ke$ha, New Kids on the Block and Ryan Seacrest party in 2011. (Photo by Ida Mae Astute/ABC via Getty Images)
Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2011 - Celebrating the New Year in Times Square, the ABC Television Network presents Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2011, Friday, December 31, 2010. The Backstreet Boys and New Kids on the Block team up performing live in New York City. (Photo by Lou Rocco/ABC via Getty Images) BACKSTREET BOYS, NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK
Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2011 - 12/31/10 Celebrating the New Year in Times Square, the ABC Television Network presents Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2011, Friday, December 31, 2010. (Photo by Ida Mae Astute/ABC via Getty Images) DICK CLARK
Ryan Seacrest and Carrie Underwood speak during Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve at Times Square on December 31, 2015 in New York City.
Revelers in Times Square wait for the ball to drop during New Year's Eve celebrations in New York, December 31, 2015. (Photo by Gary Hershorn/Corbis via Getty Images)
DICK CLARKS NEW YEARS ROCKIN EVE WITH RYAN SEACREST 2018 Live performances from Times Square in the heart of New York City, are featured on Americas biggest celebration of the year, DICK CLARKS NEW YEARS ROCKIN EVE WITH RYAN SEACREST 2018, airing on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Lorenzo Bevilaqua/ABC via Getty Images) RYAN SEACREST
Fireworks go off in Times Square to celebrate the New Year in New York City, New York, U.S., January 1, 2018. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
A couple kisses while they celebrate the New Year in Times Square in Manhattan, New York, U.S., January 1, 2018. REUTERS/Amr Alfiky
Confetti falls in Times Square just after midnight during New Year celebrations in Manhattan, New York, U.S., January 1, 2018. REUTERS/Darren Ornitz
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Thousands of police officers will be on hand to provide security, with the help of bomb-sniffing dogs, 1,225 security cameras and 235 "blocker vehicles" used to stop any potential vehicle attacks.

The show's official programing begins at 6 p.m., with the lighting and raising of the New Year's Eve Ball up a pole atop One Times Square. The Sino-American Friendship Association will flip the giant switch that lights the ball before presenting a Chinese cultural performance culminating in red and gold pyrotechnics.

The ball drops during the midnight countdown. This year, the ball is a 12-foot (3.5-meter) diameter geodesic sphere covered with 2,688 Waterford crystal triangles lit by 32,256 LEDs. The numerals "2019" will burst into light at midnight accompanied by pyrotechnics and the release of 3,000 pounds of confetti.

Mixed in with the confetti will be tens of thousands of wishes from around the world. People write their wishes on pieces of confetti posted on a mobile "wishing wall" in Manhattan or submit them online. Some of the wishes will be read onstage throughout the evening.

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