Want to know where the who’s who will be in the days leading up Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans? These annual Super Bowl parties – a mix of hot nightlife and fan-favorite gatherings – always attract a crowd.
Moves Magazine Party
When: 9 p.m., January 30, 2013
What: After pulling out of the Super Bowl festivities in Indianapolis last year, star athlete lifestyle magazine MOVES is back with a party hosted by Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer and music by Grammy-nominated producer/DJ Scram Jones.
Hold’em for Heroes Celebrity Poker Tournament
When: 6 p.m., February 1, 2013
Where: Barcadia (601 Tchoupitoulas)
What: Walk the red carpet and rub elbows with VIP athletes, rock stars and celebrities at this charity poker tournament benefitting the Wounded Warrior Project and The Gleason Initiative Foundation. A live auction, vintage arcade games, the poker tournament and a special performance by rapper Tone-Loc are just a few of the events planned for this evening hosted by former New Orleans Saint Steve Gleason.
When: 9 p.m., February 1, 2013
Where: Jax Bistro
What: Catch hip hop star B.o.B., DJs Jesse Marco and Devin Lucia, and mingle with playmates and A-list celebs at Playboy’s annual Super Bowl party, a perennial favorite for football fans. The party at Jax, a multi-level nightclub in the French Quarter overlooking Jackson Square and the Mississippi River, will feature an open bar and food. VIP bottle service available.
Rolling Stone LIVE
When: 9:15 p.m., February 1, 2013
Where: Wyndham Riverfront Hotel (a.k.a. Bud Light Hotel)
What: Kicking off Super Bowl XLVII weekend events: Rolling Stone LIVE at the Bud Light Hotel, a location totally transformed from the Wyndham Riverfront Hotel into one of the biggest party destinations of Super Bowl weekend. The event will feature America’s Got Talent host Nick Cannon spinning all night and back-to-back performances by Flo Rida and Pitbull.
Leather & Laces #1 & #2
When: 9 p.m., February 1 & 2, 2013
Where: Second Line Studios
What: This chic Super Bowl turns 10 this year, and it’s so nice they’re doing it twice: Leather & Laces #1 (February 1) will be hosted by Kendra Wilkinson (Kendra), Jenny McCarthy, Stephanie Pratt (The Hills) and Audrina Partridge (The Hills). Night #2 will be hosted by Jamie Chung (Hangover 2), Rachael Leigh Cook (Perception), Brooklyn Decker (Just Go With It) and Josh Henderson (Dallas). Entertainment by Cirque USA (the circus meets street theater performance group), mentalist Jim Karol, DJ Michael Jerome, DJ Avi, DJ Automatic, and DJ Sean Michaels.
DirecTV Celebrity Beach Bowl
When: 11 a.m., February 2, 2013
Where: Mardi Gras World
Tickets: Free and open to the public
What: See star athletes and celebrities in a flag football face-off on an indoor beach inside Blaine Kern’s Mardi Gras World. A few of the big names on tap for the lineup: Rapper Snoop Dogg, Neil Patrick Harris, Chace Crawford (Gossip Girl), Josh Hutcherson (The Hunger Games), Nina Dobrev (Vampire Diaries), Maria Menounos (host of EXTRA), Sports Illustrated swimsuit models Chrissy Teigen and Hannah Davis, actress, author and talk-show host Jenny McCarthy, NFL Hall of Famers Deion Sanders and Warren Moon, and more. Admission to the pre-bowl tailgate, which kicks off at 9 a.m., is free, but access to the DTV SuperFan Stadium is on a first-come basis. Stadium doors open at 11:45 a.m. and celebrities take to the field at 1 p.m.
Road to Ultra: New Orleans featuring Afrojack
When: 10 p.m., February 2, 2013
What: En route to the epic Ultra Music Festival in Miami, the Road to Ultra makes a pit-stop in New Orleans with a Super Bowl party at Ampersand featuring Dutch superstar producer and DJ Afrojack, Doc Martin, Beverly Skillz and Reed Tribou.
Maxim Super Bowl Party
When: 9 p.m., February 2, 2013
Where: Second Line Studios
What: This invite-only party is one of the wildest of Super Bowl weekend, attended by an A-list lineup of celebrities and Maxim’s cover models. Details are slim, but the event will have a Greek Gods and Goddesses theme and include Xbox Gears of War, Guinness Black Lager, and Fox Sports. Expect high-end bar service, snacks and top-notch live entertainment – the only thing skimpy about a typical Maxim-hosted party is the amount of clothing worn by the models.
Taste of the NFL
When: 7 p.m., February 2, 2013
Where: Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
What: The 22nd annual Taste of the NFL brings together more than 30 national and local chefs serving signature, regional dishes at this charity fundraiser benefitting hunger relief programs. Taste of the NFL was founded in 1992 and has raised more than $14 million for food banks around the country. Celebrities appearing at this year’s Taste include Travel Channel’s Andrew Zimmern (Bizarre Foods), stars from TLC’s Cake Boss, the alt-rock band Soul Asylum and the newly crowned Miss America, Mallory Hagan.
Rolling Stone Jeep Heroes Tailgate
When: 12 noon, February 3, 2013
Where: Generations Hall (310 Andrew Higgins Drive)
What: Hip hop crew the Roots are headlining Rolling Stone’s annual Tailgate at Generations Hall, along with drummer ?uestlove, who will play a DJ set at the party. The party features a premium open bar, New Orleans tailgate fare, Rolling Stone memorabilia and more, all in the hours before Super Bowl XLVII kicks off.