NFL players Jimmy Graham (L) and Drew Brees (R) of the New Orleans Saints attend EA SPORTS Madden Bowl XIX at the Bud Light Hotel on January 31, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images for Bud Light)
(USA TODAY) -- Lil Wayne once rapped that he was "born in New Orleans, raised in New
Orleans, I will forever remain faithful New Orleans..." and now the rap
star and sports nut will merge his two passions (well, two legal ones)
as the headline entertainer at not one but two huge Super Bowl parties
in his hometown during Super Bowl week.
While the Baltimore Ravens
and San Francisco 49ers will be stuck "working" all weekend, plenty of
their fellow NFL peers, celebrities and other lucky invitees will be
partying at some events that may actually boast more star power than the
If there's going to be any big off the field
headlines involving NFL players this weekend, they'll likely take place
at one of the following big bashes.
Express "Welcome to New Orleans" Happy Hour
Hyatt Regency French Quarter
of NFL players will kick off the long weekend at the event sponsored
by the retailer, who is boasting a reported guest list that also
includes several NFL Hall of Famers (Barry Sanders, Emmitt Smith, Jim
Brown). The tweets coming out of this party could be epic, as Darnell
Dockett, Chad Ochocinco and LeSean McCoy are all billed to attend.
KATHERINE WEBB: 'I feel like I'm one of the players or coaches'
Madden Bowl XIX
Bud Lite Hotel
teams will compete in 3-on-3 tournaments of the video game as New
Orleans Saints players Drew Brees, Jimmy Graham and Mark Ingram try to
defend their title against an All-Star team of Rob Gronkowski, Victor
Cruz and Arian Foster as well as a "Draftees" and "Rookies" team. Once
the gaming stops, the party kicks in with Big Boi and Lil Wayne both
performing later in the night.
Pepsi Pregame Party
Masquerade Night Club
Marino, Troy Aikman and Arian Foster are among the attendees kicking
off the evening with an event inside the club at Harrah's. This one
promises to be a little quieter than some of the later ones Friday
night, but it's proximity to the casino certainly increases the
opportunity for celebrity sightings around the blackjack tables later
Audi Forum New Orleans
The Ogden Museum of Southern Art
Ferrell, Jeremy Renner and Emmitt Smith should be in the crowd as
Santigold performs at this private cocktail party sponsored by the
luxury car brand. They'll reopen the space a little later the following
night for an afterhours party that kicks off at midnight and features DJ
sets by Solange Knowles (Beyonce's sister) and Diplo.
Rolling Stone Live
Bud Light Hotel
event may be worthwhile just for the opportunity to witness reported
attendees Mark Cuban, Paul McCartney and the guy who plays Kevin from The Office
take in the evening's featured performances by Pitbull and Flo Rida. If
McCartney can jam with Nirvana, surely he can make musical magic with
the "Don't Stop the Party" guy.
The Playboy Party
Jackson Brewery Bistro Bar
Super Bowl staple. this year's event promises Michael Vick, Zac Efron,
Deion Sanders and David Arquette, in case you were looking for a weirder
potential assortment of people to crowd in a room together. The musical
performer will be rapper B.O.B. and there's a slight chance that there
may be some scantily clad women attending. Slight.
Leather & Laces
Second Line Studios
event opted to rival the Playboy party by having three ex-Playboy
models host the first of its two nights in Jenny McCarthy, Kendra
Wilkinson and Audrina Patridge.
DirecTV Super Saturday Night
Mardi Gras World
a star packed celebrity beach football game that afternoon, this giant
event space will be transformed into a nightclub for an exclusive
invite-only party featuring a performance by Justin Timberlake. The list
of attendees for the night event hasn't been released but it promises
to be pretty solid.
GQ Super Bowl Party
The Elms Mansion
one could be the toughest ticket in town, with Kate Upton, 50 Cent,
Ryan Lochte and Jeremy Renner expected to join AJ McCarron and Katherine
Webb at this bash. If Lochte and Webb do happen to interact, it might
make Game On's own Chris Chase's head explode in joy. Really hoping that
happens and is documented. She'll likely be resting up for her halftime
show the next day, but it doesn't hurt to mention that Beyonce is on
GQ's cover this month. Just saying.
The Maxim Party
Second Line Studios
by Patron, this one will reportedly have a handful of NFL players (Greg
Jennings, Larry Fitzgerald, etc.) and actors in attendance along with
TV chef Guy Fieri and Man vs. Food host Adam Richman. The
possibility of the two of them drunkenly making massive sandwiches from
leftover appetizers at the end of the night could really enhance the
value of what already promises to be quite a scene.
Chris Strauss, USA TODAY Sports