Gallery: Bollywood stars arrive in Florida for IIFA awards event

Published: April 25, 2014

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Actress Madhuri Dixit blows a kiss to fans after arriving on the green carpet on the ninth floor of the parking garage at Tampa International Airport for the 15th International Indian Film Academy Awards on Thursday, April 24, 2014 in Tampa, Fla. AP Photo/The Tampa Bay Times, Kent Nishimura

TAMARA LUSH
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

TAMPA, Fla. — Indian cinema, food and style have overtaken Tampa as it prepares to host the 15th annual International Indian Film Academy awards.

While the actual award ceremony isn’t until Saturday, Bollywood celebrities, directors and fans have been streaming into the city all week in preparation for the main event.

From the pre-teens at the airport screaming for autographs of their favourite Indian actors, to Gov. Rick Scott touting the economic benefits of the four-day event, Bollywood is everywhere.

On Thursday, ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ film star Anil Kapoor danced onstage with Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn at a news conference. Later that night, fans and celebrities partied during an invite-only fashion and music extravaganza.

This is the first time the IIFA awards show has been held in the United States.

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