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Hordes Gather And Sing Along To 'Purple Rain'

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Hordes Gather And Sing Along To 'Purple Rain'

Hordes Gather And Sing Along To 'Purple Rain'

Hordes Gather And Sing Along To 'Purple Rain'

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Twenty-five years ago, teenagers were singing along with Purple Rain, Prince's newly released movie. Apparently, the lyrics stuck, because thousands showed up at Prospect Park in Brooklyn for Thursday night's "Purple Rain Sing-Along" wearing purple, Prince masks in hand.

Thousands showed up at Prospect Park in Brooklyn for Thursday night's "Purple Rain Sing-Along." Jeremy Arambulo/Flickr hide caption

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For many, it was a pilgrimage — and proof that some things never leave your brain. There appeared to be no shame as the first frames of Purple Rain lit up the screen; dancing hordes rushed to the front, mimicking Prince's every move. Among the thrust-inspiring numbers were "The Bird" (by The Time) and Prince's own "Darling Nikki."

Then, at the end of the night, everyone stood up. The aisles filled. Someone put up a lighter, and others held their cell phones.

Hands waved, and Prince looked down from the screen, as if he could see us.