(KMSP) - Gov. Mark Dayton has declared Thursday, Oct. 13 "Prince Tribute Day," in conjunction with the tribute concert at the Xcel Energy Center that will honor the life of the musical icon and lifelong Minnesotan.
“Prince and his phenomenal talents led an era of music and showcased Minnesota to the world,” Dayton said in a statement. “Today, we honor a magnificent artist, celebrate his great legacy, and thank him for always making Minnesota his home.”
The city of St. Paul will be lit up in purple on Thursday for the Prince Tribute Concert, according to Visit St. Paul, the city's tourism board.
Several of Saint Paul’s most iconic buildings will be illuminated in purple including the buildings on all four sides of Rice Park -- Landmark Center, The Saint Paul Hotel, Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, George Latimer Central Library, James J. Hill Center and 317 on Rice Park.
Visit St. Paul is also encouraging local businesses to swap out their exterior light bulbs with purple ones in honor of Prince. The tourism board is already planning to distribute 510 donated LED purple light bulbs for participating area restaurants to use.
There will also be a free official Outdoor Preshow Party starting at 4 p.m. on the Kellogg Boulevard side of the Xcel Energy Center between Gates 1 and 2.