By Jennifer Glickel
MIDTOWN WEST — The stars of "Sex and the City 2" were greeted by hordes of screaming fans at the movie's world premiere at Radio City Music Hall Monday night.
Fans — the majority of them women — pushed and shoved one another out of the way to try to get as close as possible to leading ladies Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis, Cynthia Nixon, and many other stars as they arrived at the event.
"We got here at 2:30 to make sure that we'd get right in front to see Sarah," said Natalie Galbraith, 23, of her and her friend, Jessica Hulmes, 24, both from South Jersey.
For most fans, the highlight of the evening was seeing Sarah Jessica Parker and, for those either lucky or persistent enough to nab a front row spot behind the fan barriers, to speak with the actress and get her autograph.
"We were so pleased that she came to talk to the fans and thank us for our support because that's exactly why we're here - to support her," said Layla Overman, 27, who got Parker's autograph along with her friends Lyndsie Walker, 18, and Abish Chavez, 20, all of whom live in Astoria, Queens.
Longtime fan Rachel Winston, 22, came to Manhattan from St. Louis to have a long "Sex and the City" weekend with her friend Megan Chanel, 22, who lives on the Upper East Side. The girls watched a marathon of the TV show's episodes and the first "Sex and the City" movie in anticipation of Monday evening's premiere.
"Getting to meet Sarah Jessica Parker at this premiere was a great way to end our 'Sex and the City' weekend," Winston said.
Some fans dressed up for the premiere in the spirit of the movie's focus on fashion, like Elisa van Velzen, 24, and Melissa Sombroek, 27, who were in town from the Netherlands.
"We're huge fans of the show and the first movie and we've done the 'Sex and the City' tour of New York, so we thought we'd come to the red carpet and dress up for the occasion in 'Sex and the City' style," van Velzen said.
"We're just so disappointed that we leave to go home on Wednesday and won't get to see the movie when it comes out here on Thursday," she added.
In addition to the film's cast, celebrities who walked the light blue carpet included Jennifer Love Hewitt, Gabourey Sidibe, Amanda Peet, Donald Trump, Howard Stern, Jerry Seinfeld, Ashanti, and Liza Minelli, who has a guest appearance in the film.
The after-party was to be held at Lincoln Center.
"Sex and the City 2" opens in theaters on Thursday.