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First Avenue is having an all-night dance party to honor Prince

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First Avenue is honoring Prince just the way the Purple One would have wanted.

The downtown Minneapolis venue is hosting a free all-night dance party Thursday starting at 11 p.m.

CityPages says DJs Mike 2600, DJ Jake Rudh and DJ Espada will be mixing live Thursday night.

And apparently the party will continue through the weekend:

In a post on Facebook following Prince's death Thursday morning, First Avenue said "our hearts are broken," calling Prince the "Patron Saint of First Avenue."

The post continued:

"He grew up on this stage, and then commanded it, and he united our city. It is difficult to put into words the impact his death will have on the entire music community, and the world. As the tragic news sinks in, our thoughts are with Prince’s family, friends, and fans. We deeply mourn the loss of our friend, a true star."

The city of Minneapolis says Seventh Street from First Avenue to Hennepin Avenue – right outside First Avenue and 7th Street Entry – will be closed Thursday night for a "special Prince tribute concert" from 8-10 p.m., according to an email news release from the city.

People have been gathering outside of First Avenue since news spread about the artist's death, laying flowers, purple balloons and other items in tribute to him.

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