PARIS (AP) -NBA finals MVP Tony Parker married ``Desperate Housewives'' star Eva Longoria in a civil ceremony Friday, kicking off a weekend wedding extravaganza expected to include church vows and a star-studded chateau bash.
About 40 guests, including French soccer player Thierry Henry and some of Parker's San Antonio Spurs teammates attended the 45 minute ceremony, held in the town hall of Paris' fourth district.
Paris Mayor Bertrand Delanoe officiated and gave a speech praising the couple's choice to wed in the City of Light, and called Parker a model in the fight against racism, said Dominique Bertinotti, the district mayor.
The couple arrived separately - she with a gaggle of girlfriends in a white stretch limo and he with a group of towering ball players in a pearl gray Mercedes minivan.
Longoria, wearing a pink Chanel mini dress and towering silver heels, arrived first and turned to wave and smile at the crowd of hundreds of waiting photographers, reporters and fans - kept well back behind two rows of police barriers. Her guests, wearing white, cream, pink and purple dresses, carried small shopping bags from the French luxury label.
Longoria then changed into a short white dress for the ceremony, said Bertinotti - whose office acted as the dressing room.
Parker, a 25-year-old guard who was born in Belgium and grew up playing basketball in France, arrived about 10 minutes later. He and his entourage, which included fellow French players Boris Diaw of the Phoenix Suns and the Los Angeles Lakers' Ronny Turiaf, went right in without waving.
A friend of Parker's helped translate the ceremony, which was held in a salon with blue-and-white trimmed walls, a French flag and a portrait of French President Nicolas Sarkozy. It was followed by a small reception that lasted about 45 minutes, Bertinotti said.

Top NBA Public Bets

Advertisement

NBA Top Stories

Thumbnail OKC takes on surging Los Angeles group It’s official: Russell Westbrook is just the third player in NBA history to post at least 20 triple-doubles in a season. But will the multifaceted guard lift...
Thumbnail Jazz vs. Suns Prediction Are the Utah Jazz a good bet to cover tonight as a road favorite versus the Phoenix Suns at 9:00PM ET?
Thumbnail Hornets vs. Celtics Prediction The Celtics are 5-point home favorites versus the Hornets on Monday night - will Boston cover when the teams tip-off at 7:30PM ET?
Thumbnail Hawks vs. Knicks Prediction The Knicks are a small home underdog versus the Hawks today at 1:00PM ET. Will New York cover the spread?
Thumbnail Hosts seek redemption after holiday collapse Despite the best efforts of Kevin Durant, Golden State suffered a gut-wrenching loss to Cleveland on Christmas. But is tonight’s rematch bound to produce...

NBA Team Pages