Spike Lee took to the streets to honor his dear friend Prince. The icon unexpectedly died on Thursday morning at the age of 57. To commemorate his legacy, the director announced an emergency tribute outside of his production company offices on the South Elliott Place near Fort Green Park in Brooklyn. The dress code was the standard Prince tone: purple.
Scheduled to have an 8pm start, Lee didn’t get the party started until around 8:25pm when the crowd started to gather, “Alright. You know why we’re here,” addressed the “Girl 6” helmer as he let DJ J. Period kick off the tribute with the hit “Dearly beloved.”
“We are gathered here today to get through this thing called life,” voiced Prince’s words on the speakers as his fans cheered and mourned. Various videos of the outdoor celebration were posted on social media where Lee is seen dancing and singing-along to all of the artist’s classics.
“1999,” “Let’s Go Crazy,” “Little Red Corvette,” and “When Doves Cry” were among the tunes that kept people on their feet all night. Camera crews, photographers and journalists were among the attendees who conducted interviews with the director and fans.
It wasn’t until a little after 10pm that Lee announced that the block party would be coming to an end. “We’ve all come out to celebrate a great human being,” he said. ”Let’s give it up for Prince!” The final song that was played was his hit “Purple Rain,” which had everyone singing along with their hands up in the air and some even opened up umbrellas in Prince’s honor.