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Friday Is A Big Night For Super Parties

Friday night's slate of Super Bowl parties was a force to be reckoned with.
Here are some of the sights and sounds from the night's events: 1:49 a.m., Diamonds & Pearls Celebrity Gala Comedian Demetrius Wheeler had the crowd howling at the Good Luck Cafe in Ybor City. 1:14 a.m., Maxim Party
Brody Jenner of "The Hills" is clowning around on the red carpet. He almost knocked down the backdrop wrestling a buddy, and he went for a long, Hollywood-style kiss from his companion, who's wearing a glittery gold Tina Turner-style dress. That is not the same girl he's with on "The Hills." 1:10 a.m., ESPN party The bathrooms at celebrity parties are apparently unisex. I'm in a tight cramped four-person toilet with an NFL player and three girls. 1:01 a.m., Maxim Party Hall of Fame pitcher Cal Ripken Jr. is here talking to Pat Riley. 1 a.m., Leather and Laces Party Carmen Electra just left. 12:59 a.m., ESPN party Lindsay Lohan just left, alone, and she did not look happy. 12:41 a.m., Maxim Party Skate Park of Tampa owner and skateboard legend Ryan Clements is here. 12:33 a.m., Leather and Laces Party Kim Kardashian said she has been to IHOP thee times since she got to Tampa. She loves it. The only other time she has been to Tampa is for Bucs games against the Saints. She said the cannons scare the heck out of her.
12:30 a.m., ESPN party Wyclef up on a speaker during his performance: 12:27 a.m., Leather and Laces Party On the porch at Jackson's. Soul-shaking hip hop music blasting from the speakers. Women dancing on light boxes. Is that reefer I smell? Where is Snoop? Rumor is that he is here in the VIP area. 12:26 p.m., ESPN party This is the life. I am standing watching Wclef Jean perform, and I'm right next to "American Idol" winner Jordan Sparks! 12:21 a.m., Nick Lachey's party When Chris Kirkpatrick of NSYNC stopped by earlier, he told me he's a Steelers and Penguins fan. 12:13 a.m., Maxim Party Buccaneers player Ronde Barber and his brother Tiki are here. 12:10 a.m., Leather and Lace Party Organizers say the fire department is blocking the door because Jackson's is at capacity. Organizers say 2,000 people came tonight. 12:09 a.m., ESPN party And then he ripped into House of Pain's "Jump Around!" 12:06 a.m., ESPN party Wyclef Jean just took the stage! He's opening up with the Fugees' "Ready or Not!" 12 a.m., Maxim party Miami Heat coach Pat Riley just arrived, as did Chris Kirkpatrick from NSYNC. DJ AM has taken over inside, firing up the crowd by asking, "Where are all the Cardinals fans? Where are all the Steelers fans?" There are two women dancing wildly on stage, which is attracting a lot of attention. There are a lot more women than men at this party, about a 2-to-1 ratio. Waitresses are walking around with trays of complimentary drinks, so this party promises to get even hotter. 11:53 p.m., ESPN party Back inside the party, it's thankfully warm. Cuba Gooding Jr. just said hi. Cool. Hated "Chill Factor," though. 11:52 p.m., Nick Lachey's party There are sandbars named after Paris Hilton that are less shallow than this party. 11:49 p.m., Maxim Party April Rose, Maxim's 2008 hometown hottie of the year, has arrived. Also on the red carpet in the past few minutes: Pepa of R&B group Salt-N-Pepa, and Kansas City Chiefs Pro Bowl tight end Tony Gonzalez. 11:46 p.m., Maxim Party There is a surplus of ridiculously good-looking people in designer wear. The are VIP white couches behind the DJ booth. 11:44 p.m., ESPN party Dominique Dawes has some seriously toned calves. 11:41 p.m., Nick Lachey's party Also walking the red carpet are former NSYNC member Chris Kirkpatrick and Marcus Giles from the San Diego Padres. Not in sight is Vanessa Minnillo, who was expected to accompany Lachey. The party is a kick off to tomorrow's Skins Classic Golf Tournament, which raised $400,000 last year. Cost for this party is $150 a ticket, and some paid as much as $5,000 for ultra VIP. The money goes to charity. Cold winds are whipping across the Bay, making it a chiller of a night. Guests are shivering outside. People magazine has a reporter here. 11:43 p.m., ESPN party Lil' Wayne is interviewing Joe Flacco for ESPN the Magazine. 11:37 p.m., Nick Lachey's party Lachey walks the red carpet and says all the fuss in the media over his ex-wife Jessica Simpson's apparent weight gain is foolish. He says he wishes her nothing but the best. 11:35 p.m., ESPN party A parade of stars just walked by: Evander Holyfield, Jerry Rice, Sean Kingston and Lifehouse. Lifehouse just blew me off. Dude, uncool. They got the big head playing Pepsi Smash. 11:33 p.m., Leather and Laces Party Kim Kardashian is reportedly on the way. 11:29 p.m., Nick Lachey's Party Singer Nick Lachey, brother Drew and pal Jimmie Johnson showed up at 10:45 p.m. at the Lachey/Johnson kickoff Super Party being held tonight at the Hula Bay restaurant in South Tampa. A crowd has been building since 8 at the waterside locale that used to house the Rattlefish grill. More than 600 partygoers are on hand, including a few former NFL players and at least two former Playboy Playmates. 11:27 p.m., NFL Players party Warrick Dunn skips the red carpet. 11:23 p.m., Leather and Lace Party Carmen Electra said this year is special because the event helps Jenny McCarthy's charity, Generation Rescue. Said she and her fiancé are "taking it slow." 11:18 p.m., ESPN party Lil' Wayne just arrived, and he IS a fan of Jared from Subway. 'He's my dude.' 11:16 p.m., Leather and Laces Party Jenny McCarthy arrives and talks with journalists. She said that she and Jim Carrey are going skeet shooting tomorrow. Do you know how to shoot? "I will tomorrow." 11:13 p.m., Maxim Party Former Detroit Lions running back Barry Sanders just hit the red carpet, arriving with former Broncos running back Terrell Davis, a two-time Super Bowl winner. 11:02 p.m., Maxim Party Michael John from "American Idol" is here, and everyone's saying Fergie is coming tonight. 11 p.m., ESPN party The NEXT party is insane. It's tough to move through the room, but the energy is really cool. 10:57 p.m., ESPN party I have snuck inside the party! Lindsay Lohan just walked past me! 10:56 p.m., NFL Players party The first non-football celebrity to arrive is Claudia Jordan of "Deal or No Deal." 10:53 p.m., Snoop Dogg concert Snoop has taken the stage. 10:51 p.m., Maxim Party Actor Jeffrey Wright just came through. 10:49 p.m., Leather and Lace Party Roy Williams from the Dallas Cowboys is here. 10:46 p.m., Snoop Dogg concert Snoop is late. The crowd is cold and angry. 10:43 p.m., ESPN party You can't touch this! MC Hammer is in the house! 10:40 p.m., Maxim Party The red carpet has been dead for a while, but inside DJ AM and DJ Vice are getting the party started. 10:30 p.m., ESPN party Christian Slater just blew us off. Dude, your show got canceled. You can use some good press. 10:27 p.m., NFL Players party Ann Lee, wife of ex-49er place kicker Charlie Lee, has the biggest hair and biggest personality of the evening. 10:26 p.m., Snoop Dogg show Security is telling front-row fans not to take pictures. That's not going over well. 10:21 p.m., ESPN party Everyone is waiting for Lil' Wayne. Jared from Subway has met Lil' Wayne. Apparently, Lil' Wayne likes Subway and Jared's commercials. Who knew? 10:20 p.m., ESPN party Jared from Subway just said hi. 10:19 p.m., ESPN party Benji and Joel Madden of Good Charlotte just rolled by. They are much shorter in person than you would expect! 10:17 p.m., Maxim Party Hall of Fame boxer Joe Frazier just hit the red carpet. 10:11 p.m., Leather and Laces Party Jordin Sparks just arrived, but didn't want to talk. 10:09 p.m., Leather and Laces Party Wade Boggs has arrived! 10:03 p.m., ESPN party Early sentiment on the red carpet favors the Arizona Cardinals in the Super Bowl. Everyone is loving the underdogs. 10:02 p.m., Maxim Party Ryan Howard from the World Series champion Philadelphia Phillies is on the red carpet. 9:55 p.m., NFL Players party A recorded announcement says, "The A La Carte Pavilion is a wapons-free facility." Guess it's not that kind of party. 9:47 p.m., Maxim party There is a man holding a sign that reads, 'Jesus Christ is God,' outside the party. 9:41 p.m., ESPN party Lots of athletes are here early on the red carpet. 9:38 p.m., NFL Players party Jim Thrower, a former Detroit Lion, has arrived. "Back in the day, not 0 and 16." 9:35 p.m., Leather and Laces party There seems to be loose enforcement of the smoking ban at Jackson's. Several guests are coming in smoking cigars. 9:32 p.m., ESPN party Tony Thomas of the Chicago Cubs just walked by. He is hoping to meet Lil' Wayne tonight! 9:31 p.m., Maxim Party There is a woman dancing in the window of the Ritz. Men are the street taking pictures. 9:28 p.m., Leather and Laces Party Buccaneers kicker Matt Bryant is among the first to arrive. 9:23 p.m., Snoop Dogg show A couple of fans are doing all they can to persuade security to let them go backstage, and it appears to have worked. 9:12 p.m., Maxim Party Here's the scene inside the Maxim Party. 9:08 p.m., Snoop Dogg show When DJ Ronnie G threw his DVDs, the crowd went nuts. 9:04 p.m., Maxim Party We are an hour away from the start of the Maxim party. The line is 30 deep, and 90 percent are female. 9:02 p.m., Leather and Laces Party What can you even say except that this is not a typical night at Jackson's? 8:43 p.m., Leather and Laces Party Here's one of the "Atmosphere Characters" from Cirque USA. I am not even sure what that means. "Hell of a headdress," one of the photographers said. 8:34 p.m., Leather and Laces Party The party doesn't even begin for 37 minutes, but the photojournalists are setting up. Of course Entertainment Tonight and Extra are here. But so are the Pittsburgh Times-Review, the NFL Network and American Football Magazine. 7:30 p.m., Leather and Laces Party The guest list keeps growing for the Sixth Annual Leather and Laces party at Jackson's Bistro on Harbour Island. Brody Jenner from the show "Bromance" and Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps are among dozens of athletes and celebrities expected to join co-hosts Kim Kardashian, Carmen Electra and Jenny McCarthy for one of the most exclusive parties of Super Bowl weekend. But "exclusive" is spendy. Tickets range from $275 to $650 for an all-access VIP pass. Proceeds from the shindig go to Generation Rescue, an autism charity that gained McCarthy as a spokeswoman when her son was diagnosed with the disease. Enough with all the feel-good stuff. Let's dissect the guest list. Here's who RSVPed for party, according to promoters. We'll see who shows..... • Kim Kardashian (co-Host)
• Carmen Electra (co-Host)
• Jenny McCarthy (co-Host)
• Jordin Sparks (American Idol 2008 Winner / Recording Artists) - 9:00 PM Arrival
• Brody Jenner (The Hills, Bromance)
• Kourtney Kardashian - (Keeping up with the Kardashians)
• Kris Kardashian - (Keeping up with Kardashian)
• Jesse Palmer - (Former New York Giants player & Former Bachelor on THE BACHELOR)
• Reggie Bush (New Orleans Saints)
• Michael Phelps - (Olympic Gold Medalist aka Superman)
• The Cast of Sunset Tan
• Clinton Portis (Washington Redskins)
• Nick Lachey - (98 Degrees)
• Jimmie Johnson (NASCAR Driver)
• Kevin Sorbo - (Actor)
• Nickelback
• Terrell Owens (Dallas Cowboys)
• Donavan McNabb (Philadelphia Eagles Quarterback)
• Phillip Buchanon (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
• Joe Flacco (Baltimore Ravens Quarterback)
• Jerry Jones (Dallas Cowboys Owner)
• Stephen Jones (Dallas Cowboys Owner)
• Michael Irvin (Former Dallas Cowboy player and NFL Hall-of-Famer)
• Derek Jeter (New York Yankees)
• Steve Young (Former NFL Quarter / Current Sports Broadcaster)
• Boomer Esiason - (Former NFL Quarterback / Current Sports Broadcaster)
• Rita Benson LeBlanc - (Owner of the New Orleans Saints)
• Dan Hunt - (Owner of the Kansas City Chiefs)
• Anthony Fasano (Miami Dolphins)
• Ray Crocket (Former NFL Player)
• Roy Williams (Dallas Cowboys Safety)
• Jerry Jones (Dallas Cowboys Owner)
• Brandon Molale (Actor: Dodgeball, Mr. Deeds, The Longest Yard)
• A.J. Discala
• Joey Fatone - N'Sync 11 a.m., The Maxim Party It's one of the hottest parties on the Super Bowl circuit, usually attended by many celebrities, and it takes place at the Ritz Ybor in Tampa tonight. You likely won't get inside (it's invitation only), but you can watch the beautiful people arrive and enter. The starting time is being kept hush-hush, but if you're interested then you may want to arrive early and wait it out. Call (813) 247-2555 or visit www.theritzybor.com.
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