(KMSP) - From parties downtown, to house parties featuring a human swan, this weekend was full of the unexpected.
But a large part of the Super Bowl nightlife also involves giving back to a long list of charities.
The Maxim Party in downtown Minneapolis was the biggest Super Bowl party Saturday night. It also has the distinction of having some of the hottest celebrities in the world walk the red carpet.
Hundreds of party goers flocked to the massive warehouse space in the north loop for the big bash sponsored by Maxim magazine.
There were a few Minnesota touches like the silent auction with Prince memorabilia, and snowflake shots.
"It’s alright. They got snow all over the ground and different festivities, it’s all good," said C.J. Anderson of the Denver Broncos.
The red carpet was heating things up with Grammy It girl Cardi B, striking a pose with her signature nails and style.
The group Migos also made a brief appearance in front of the throng of photographers, but DJ Marshmello wasn’t digging the cold.
Fox 9 also stopped by the Big Game Big Give fundraiser at the home of Tom and Angie Wicka in Edina.
From the ice sculptures to the sports cars out front and a human swan in the pool, everything was over the top.
"I saw Shaq walk through and Jamie Foxx and a couple of other ones. You can't miss them, especially Shaq. Thankfully the ceilings are tall enough for him," said celebrity chef Gavin Kaysen.
Gavin Kaysen from Spoon & Stable and Bellecour whipped up tasty treats like gnocci with black truffle and lobster rolls for the 500 guests who expected to raise $1.3 million for a dozen local charities.
"It’s incredible, the amount of parties going on around the Twin Cities is insane. To be a part of any of them is amazing, to be a part of this one is sort of the creme de la creme," Kaysen said.
Regular Super Bowl goers say the Maxim party is a staple of Super Bowl week, and this year's event in Minnesota was no exception.