On what would have been Prince's 60th birthday, Henderson is the place to be

A weekend-long celebration festival kicks off on Friday.
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While Prince is forever associated with First Avenue in Minneapolis and his Paisley Park studios in Chanhassen, the city of Henderson is the Minnesota epicenter of Prince celebrations for the next three days.

The Purple One would have turned 60 years old on Thursday, and a three-day festival celebrating the landmark is kicking off in his honor

That's thanks to the efforts of local resident Joel King, who was a camera operator on one of Prince's films and has gathered donations from around the world to organize the Prince Legacy Henderson Project, with help from fellow fans in nearby Mankato, as well as Maryland and New York.

Henderson featured in several scenes in Prince's celebrated movie "Purple Rain," and the Mankato Free Press reports that King has befriended many of those who made a pilgrimage to the southeast Minnesota city to visit these locations.

Thanks to the donations of fans, King and his team are installing a commemorative Prince bench and mural in the city's downtown, as well as a new street sign for Henderson Station Road, which is being given the honorary name "Purple Rain Road."

The effort has attracted interest from national outlets including Rolling Stone, as music media marks the late icon's 60th.

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The event gets underway Thursday evening with a 60 butterfly release, a birthday cake and a screening of "Purple Rain" before live music from Amethyst Factor and Purple Rain Cloud at the Henderson RoadHaus event center.

Events continue on Friday from 3:30 p.m., with more live music in the evening, and concludes on Saturday with the mural and memorial bench dedication, followed by more music.

Members of Prince's family are expected to show up too, though it hasn't been revealed which ones.

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