The governor of Minnesota has declared today (June 7) ‘Prince Day’ in honour of the late singer, who lived in Minnesota.
Residents in Minnesota are requested to wear purple today in Prince’s honour, as the singer lived in the state his whole life. He was born in Minneapolis in 1958 and his Paisley Park home and recording studio were in the town of Chanahassen.
The Prince Day declaration was made by Democrat governor Mark Dayton, who last month declared that May 23 was Beyonce Day to mark a concert by the singer in Minnesota.
Dayton’s citation for Prince on behalf of Minnesota added: “Prince was the creator of ‘The Minneapolis sound’, a contribution not only to the catalogue of music genres, but to Minnesota’s worldwide prominence and its economic growth.”
Prince died on April 21 from an overdose of the prescription drug fentanyl.
Other celebrations planned for Prince’s birthday include a ‘Let’s Go Crazy’ party at The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio, which inducted Prince in 2004. Spike Lee hosted a birthday tribute to Prince in New York on Saturday.
However, as a practicing Jehovah’s Witness, it’s unlikely that Prince would have celebrated his own birthday as the religion chooses not to commemorate special days such as birthdays or Christmas.