April 21 is Prince Day in Minnesota, governor says

The day marks the one-year anniversary of Prince's death.

On the anniversary of his death, the Purple One is receiving fanfare from Minnesota's highest office.

This Friday, April 21, will officially be Prince Day in Minnesota.

That comes from a proclamation via Gov. Mark Dayton's office, which acknowledges Prince's huge impact on music both locally and around the world, as well as his "untimely passing."

"Prince and his phenomenal talents led an era of music and showcased Minnesota to the world," the governor said in an email release. "This day, we honor a magnificent artist, celebrate his great legacy, and thank him for always making Minnesota his home."

The city of Minneapolis will be lit up in purple Thursday night (see more in this earlier story), and First Avenue is hosting a series of dance parties to commemorate Prince. Then of course there's the four-day celebration at Prince's home/studio Paisley Park, which includes guests and speakers.

Prince died April 21, 2016, from an accidental drug overdose at Paisley Park.

These types of proclamations from the governor are basically a way to acknowledge people who have had an impact. So Bob Dylan and Beyoncé have both gotten days in Minnesota. There's also been a "Soccer Day" and a "Minnesota-made kitchenware by Nordic Ware Day," in honor of the Minnesota-invented bundt cake.

Some though take on a more serious tone, including one for law enforcement appreciation, and another for the Immortal Four Chaplains – a true story of World War II heroism.

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