‘Sex’ proves popular

Celebs turn out to fete show's final season

Gothamites gladly braved the drizzle to celebrate the sixth and final season of “Sex and the City” Wednesday at the American Museum of Natural History.

With so many people to acknowledge pre-screening, evening got off to an especially late start. More than 1,000 people attended the event, and naturally, everyone wanted to praise the show, not bury it.

“Of course we would all love to have more ‘Sex,’ ” said programming exec VP, Caroline Strauss, “but the right time to leave a party is when it’s in full swing.” HBO topper Chris Albrecht singled out his predecessor, AOL entertainment chair Jeff Bewkes, for thanks, saying, “We owe a lot to you, man.”

Creator Darren Star and executive producers Michael Patrick King, John Melfi and Cindy Chupack also basked in the kudos.

Swansong took place in the museum’s newly refurbished Hall of Ocean Life under a life-sized fiberglass replica of a blue whale, which some in the crowd insisted should have been a sperm whale. Many of the female guests were decked out in outfits that would have made Carrie Bradshaw proud.

“I don’t even like to ponder what I’ll miss most,” said star and producer Sarah Jessica Parker. “You never want to overstay your welcome. It’s best to leave in the good graces of the people who have had you in their home.”

“I still love my job, and I don’t think everyone in high powered jobs can say that,” said co-star Kim Cattrall, who tipped her stilettos to the show’s “amazing writers, who are writing for four specific actresses and writing for our strengths.”

Cast past and present turned out, including Cynthia Nixon, Kristin Davis, Ron Livingston, Evan Handler, Chris Noth, Kyle MacLachlan, Nathan Lane, Ron Rifkin and Amy Sedaris.

Other attendees included AOL chief Richard Parsons, the original Carrie — Candace Bushnell — Mr. Parker, aka Matthew Broderick, Donald Trump, Kristin Johnston, Anna Wintour and “Sopranos” thesps Edie Falco, Aida Turturro and Jamie Lynn-Sigler.