Millions watch American football showcase

Millions tuned in to watch the NFL football Super Bowl, the most-viewed programme all year on American television. Indianapolis beat Chicago in a rainy championship match in Miami that featured a halftime performance by Prince.

Millions tuned in to watch the NFL football Super Bowl, the most-viewed programme all year on American television. Indianapolis beat Chicago in a rainy championship match in Miami that featured a halftime performance by Prince.

It ended with the Indianapolis Colts beating the Chicago Bears 29-17.

At the game’s halftime, Prince took to the stage and sang through the deluge - the violet stage lights shining into the storm to make the perfect setting for his hit finale, “Purple Rain.”

A host of celebrities joined in the American football championship weekend parties on Miami’s South Beach.

Jessica Simpson’s “Newlyweds” ex, Nick Lachey, had his new girlfriend Vanessa Minnillo on his arm.

Kid Rock wound through the crowd in his usual derby-hat-and-tanktop attire, accompanied by his own guard.

The weekend is the ultimate party paradise, where flesh and flash are on display for all to see inside the clubs and on the beach.

Stretch limos – the 50-foot Hummer is this year’s popular choice – struggled through traffic that never seemed to move as lines of people waited to pay 500 dollars (£250) just to get in the door of nightclubs where bouncers shook their heads “no” even to groups of models.

With party hosts like Jamie Foxx, Paris and Nicky Hilton, and the self-proclaimed king of South Beach, Shaquille O’Neal, you have got to be somebody or know somebody to have a shot at getting in during the Super Bowl.

The bash to be at was the Maxim party on Friday.

Spectators stood 10 deep outside the Sagamore Hotel to get a glimpse of the red carpet, which was graced by the likes of Spike Lee, K-Fed, Ludacris and top-name athletes including former heavyweight champ Lennox Lewis, tennis star Andy Roddick and National Football League standouts Reggie Bush, LaDainian Tomlinson and Donovan McNabb.

The Playboy party was the place to be the night before the game, with celebs like Johnny Knoxville and Alyssa Milano and the bunnies themselves among the hordes of beautiful people.

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