St. Paul glowing purple on Prince Tribute Day

SAINT PAUL, Minn. - St. Paul will be lit in purple Thursday night for the Prince Tribute concert at Xcel Energy Center.

Visit Saint Paul has partnered with Philips Lighting, Xcel Energy and several tourism partners to honor the late icon as fans gather to remember Prince the musician and Prince the person.

“We are very excited to be a part of this creative tribute to a musical legend and Minnesota icon,” said Laura McCarten, regional vice president, Xcel Energy. “We pride ourselves with being part of the communities we serve and this is a unique opportunity to work with our partner Philips Lighting to be part of a special night.”

Philips Lighting donated 510 purple LED light bulbs for area restaurants to change their exterior lights to purple. Several of Saint Paul’s most iconic buildings will also be lit in purple. Sites include: 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.



Earlier Thursday, St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman, Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges and Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton proclaimed Oct. 13, 2016 as "Prince Tribute Day."

“Prince and his phenomenal talents led an era of music and showcased Minnesota to the world,” said Dayton. “Today, we honor a magnificent artist, celebrate his great legacy, and thank him for always making Minnesota his home.”

Some tickets were released Thursday afternoon. Click here for that information.

The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. and will feature Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan and Tori Kelly among others.



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