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It’s officially Prince Day in St. Paul, Minneapolis, and Minnesota: Read the proclamations

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It’s official: Mayor Chris Coleman has declared today Prince Day in the St. Paul, as the city prepares to welcome thousands of fans to tonight’s tribute concert at the Xcel Energy Center. Governor Mark Dayton jumped on as well, declaring it Prince Tribute Day in the State of Minnesota — and then, not to be outdone, Mayor Betsy Hodges declared it Prince Day in Minneapolis too.

In his proclamation, Coleman notes that “Prince played a combined total of ten sold-out performances at the Saint Paul Civic Center and Xcel Energy Center,” which now stands where the Civic Center once was, “including three consecutive sold-out shows June 16, 17 and 18, 2004.” It was something of an unexpected coup for St. Paul to land tonight’s tribute, which was originally planned to take place at U.S. Bank Stadium.

Dayton, in his proclamation, calls Prince “a music industry innovator, a mentor, and a humble philanthropist.” Both civic leaders encourage everyone to wear purple today. (Why didn’t Dayton just declare it Prince Day? Because he already did that this year: on June 7, Prince’s birthday.) Hodges took the night owl award, showing up at Muse Event Center just before 3 a.m. to read her proclamation at the afterparty.

Read all the proclamations below, and tune in to our Local Current stream today to hear our Prince library played A-Z. If you’re in the area, watch for The Current at the official pre-party — which is open to all, starting at 4 p.m. outside the arena.

  • Theresa Sprague

    its so great that he was honored this day because lord knows he deserves it. I bet he is beside himself in the after life. great man who gave us his all everything as I was growing up the one thing I love was the movie purple rain, and after that he was in my heart and in my soul and forever in my life. he came and he delivered the best music and the best guitar playing that I was blown away with. he came in all forms of color and a very given soul. its sad he left this life way to soon but forever his music and his soul will live in our hearts forever. thank you for you honoring him and thank you for given this legacy to live on in his music and his Paisley Park tours, I cant wait to get there next year I pray for I know I will fell his presents that I have been wishing for I just wish it was when he was alive.
    I missed out on some great concerts it kind of hurts to know I just would of love to see him in person. but again thank you for given us the time to come and feel his life even if we never meet him it still feels like he is right here with us.

  • Monica Fiveoeight Mahan

    It has been Prince Day and Prince Tribute Day every day for me since April 21, 2016. Prince’s music has been a part of my life since the late 70s and early 80s when he released his first album, For You. That’s been over half my life. This world is blessed to have experienced a very gifted man. The music Prince left us with will, sadly, have to suffice. Fortunately however, the music is the gift he was meant to bring and it is more than sufficient!! We who are left owe these tributes to the greatest musician of all times… Prince~

  • LdyBozz

    Soooo wish I could be there! Thank you for streaming his magnificent work, been listening all day here in Central Cali