The parade will mark the 70th anniversary of the foundation of the Korean People's Army.
North Korea is due to hold its 70th anniversary military parade, a day ahead of the Winter Olympics in South Korea.
Pyongyang's annual parade, marking the founding of its armed forces, has been held in April for 40 years.
However, the country's state media announced earlier this year that the date had been changed to 8 February.
North Korea has dismissed criticism of its plans, saying no-one had the right to take issue.
"It is a custom and very basic common sense that any country in the world takes the founding of its military very seriously and celebrates it with extravagant events," said the ruling Workers' Party newspaper, the Rodong Sinmun.
The US has said it would rather the parade not take place as the focus should be on the Games.