Purple reign! Spike Lee celebrates Prince’s birthday with massive Bklyn bash

Groovy: Spike Lee grooved with the Beautiful Ones dance crew at his Prince Party on Saturday — several days ahead of what would have been the late musician’s birthday on June 7.
Photo by Bob Krasner

It was a party fit for a prince.

Brooklyn-born filmmaker Spike Lee hosted a massive celebration in Bedford-Stuyvesant last weekend in honor of His Royal Badness, the artist eternally known as Prince — and it was very purple, according to a friend of Lee who attended.

“Spike wanted everybody wearing purple,” said Maija Garcia, the filmmaker’s Director of Movement, who worked with him on the 2015 film “Chi-raq” and the upcoming Netflix series “She’s Gotta Have It.”

Thousands of fans gathered on Saturday to celebrate the late musician’s birthday, which is June 7. The event raged for six hours as Lee, dressed in head to toe violet, engaged the crowd with sing-a-longs and Prince-related giveaways, including albums, shirts, and purple tulips.

Dancers from troupes across the city got down as Qool DJ Mary spun classic tunes by the Prince of Funk, including “Little Red Corvette,” “Cream,” and “Kiss,” before playing the grand finale of, naturally, “Purple Rain,” which blasted as purple confetti fell onto an exuberant crowd.

“The party ended with a finale of ‘Purple Rain’ and we had this beautiful purple confetti falling from the sky,” Garcia said.

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Spiked!: The filmmaker invited purple-clad partiers onstage during the dance party.
Photo by Bob Krasner

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