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Happy Chicago St. Patrick’s Day, Where even the River turns green!

St. Patrick's Day Chicago River 2014

I must admit the first time I heard about this St. Patrick’s Day tradition here in Chicago, I didn’t believe it.  I mean, certainly in a city with a large Irish population such as Chicago’s there would be a cavalcade of celebrations.  But dye the Chicago River green?  Yes, this is true, and I’ve seen it myself!

St. Patrick's Day Chicago River 2 2014

The tradition of dyeing the Chicago River green for St. Patrick’s Day dates back to 1962.  No one knows exactly what is used to create this emerald wonder; well, the folks from Chicago Journeymen Plumbers Union Local 130 know, but they aren’t spilling the proverbial green beans, as it were.

I have been told the dye is a vegetable based solution which is not harmful to the river or any of its occupants (can you imagine the look on a fisherman’s face when the local catch turns up wearing a wee leprechaun hat?).  *grin*

St. Patrick's Day Chicago River 3 2014  St. Patrick's Day Chicago River 5 2014

St. Patrick's Day Chicago River 4 2014

[photos courtesy of abclocal.go.com]

How about watching the Chicago River turn green in 30 seconds?  Here is a very interesting link to just that very video:


[link courtesy of youtube.com]

Wherever you happen to be on our beautiful globe today, to you I say, “Happy St. Paddy’s Day, the green river Chicago Way” Cheers!

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