Get Ready For Wicker Park's Rollicking Prince Tribute Parade This Friday
By Tankboy in Arts & Entertainment on May 4, 2016 2:31PM
Leave your motorcycle at home and get ready to dance during the 'Purple Walk.'
We know letting go of Prince is proving harder than you thought it would be. His death on April 21 has led to a long outpouring of public grief, alongside a renewed interest and focus on his huge body of work.
There have been a number of events and public artwork sprouting up to pay homage to Prince over the last weeks, and this Friday could offer the chance for the largest Chicago public party to celebrate his legacy yet. "A Night Of A Thousand Princes—The Purple Walk" will take place on May 6, and hopes to draw a large crowd of Prince fans into the streets.
According to the organizers' events page, this is what you can expect:
So put on some eyeliner and your best 'Prince inspired' outfit, (Wear lots of Purple ;-) and meet us at Wicker Park, by the fountain around sunset.
We will be playing his biggest hits, as we take it to the streets of Wicker Park around 9 p.m. We will walk down Damen to Division to Ashland to Milwaukee and end up at 6 corners. We will walk around the neighborhood and end our Prince tribute parade with LETS GO CRAZY!!!
A similar event took place in the neighborhood following Michael Jackson's death, and we found that to be a celebratory and cathartic affair. It also showed that you can throw a huge party in the streets that stays positive and doesn't turn into a public disturbance, so we're hoping "The Purple Walk" celebrants and observers follows that previous example.
So don your finest purple finery and meet by the Wicker Park fountain and meet at the Wicker Park Fountain at 8 p.m. to join the dance parade.