A tribute for blues musician B.B. King is held in W.C. Handy Park Wednesday, May 27, 2015, in Memphis, Tenn

A tribute for blues musician B.B. King is held in W.C. Handy Park Wednesday, May 27, 2015, in Memphis, Tenn

*The city of Memphis bid farewell to blues legend B.B. King with a tribute and processional down Beale Street.

The processional started Wednesday afternoon, and at press time was set to make its way down Beale Street before turning onto B.B. King Blues Highway.

Bluesman Bobby Rush, center, is on hand for a tribute to his friend, blues musician B.B. King in W.C. Handy Park, Wednesday, May 27, 2015, in Memphis, Tenn.

Bluesman Bobby Rush, center, is on hand for a tribute to his friend, blues musician B.B. King in W.C. Handy Park, Wednesday, May 27, 2015, in Memphis, Tenn.

Tributes were also scheduled at W.C. Handy Park on Beale Street near B.B. King’s Blues Club.

Afterward, King’s body will be taken to Indianola, Mississippi, which King considered his hometown, for his funeral on Saturday.

Memorial flowers stand outside the club of B.B. King on Beale Street in Memphis, Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Memorial flowers stand outside the club of B.B. King on Beale Street in Memphis, Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Early in his career, King was nicknamed “Beale Street Blues Boy,” and the name was soon shortened to “B.B.”

King died May 14 in hospice care at home in Las Vegas at age 89.