After Prince died Thursday, fans and collaborators mourned the star on social media, writing touching tributes and notes to the iconic artist. And his hometown Minneapolis followed suit. Thousands of mourners took to the streets to celebrate Prince’s life.
City Hall was lit up in bright purple, fans dressed in purple, and his Purpleness’ music played through the streets, especially near First Avenue where the historic First Avenue Club hosted an all night dance party.
The city’s tribute followed earlier remarks from Minneapolis mayor Betsy Hodges who wrote earlier in the day, “For the residents of Minneapolis, the loss of Prince is too large to describe. His music brought untold joy to people all over the world. But in Minneapolis, it is different. It is harder here. Prince was a child of our city and his love of his hometown permeated many of his songs. Our pride in his accomplishments permeates our love of Minneapolis.”
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Prince had lived at his famed home and studio Paisley Park in Chanhassen, Minnesota — outside of Minneapolis — and died there as well, according to police.
See some fan-shot footage and photos from around the city on Thursday night.