On March 17, most of the countries around the world celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. It is a cultural and religious observation dedicated to the traditional death date of Saint Patrick, the foremost patron saint of Ireland. St. Patrick’s Day 2019 draws out the Irish in plenty of people all over the world. And one of the best ways, people observe the festivity is with parades—boisterous green-coloured, shamrock-festooned parades. There are many destinations around the world, where St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated enthusiastically, and parades in the United States is extremely popular. Dyeing the Chicago River green is the most common practise to do during St. Patrick’s Day and to see the river, bright green is absolutely stunning. The St. Patrick’s Day weekend began with the dyeing of the Chicago River and the pictures and videos floating on the internet will give you all the festive feels. Know History, Significance and Facts About The St Patrick’s Parade.
St. Patrick’s Day draws wild crowds and happy celebrations, throughout the city and the festivities got underway on Saturday with the dyeing of the Chicago River. The annual tradition reportedly kicked off early morning as crowds gathered along Wacker Drive from Chicago to State Street for the popular event as the Chicago Plumbers Union Local 130 workers turned the river a beautiful shade of green.
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In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, Chicago turned the Chicago River green 🍀🌊 pic.twitter.com/jfE0puOacr
— TicToc by Bloomberg (@tictoc) March 17, 2019
Watch Video of Stunning Chicago River
The Chicago Plumbers Union first coloured the river in 1962, when Chicago Plumbers Union business manager Stephen Bailey came up with the mind-blowing idea. Dyeing the water green during St. Patrick’s Day has since been followed religiously. It shall be noted here that the green colour is not coming from any hazardous waste. It is actually more like food colouring, but in the form of a bright orange powder that results in a green colour when it mixes with water, as explained by several media outlets. The workers use a small fleet of boats to dump about 40 pounds of the material into water and mix it from bank to bank. It usually lasts for about 24 to 48 hours. The Chicago River returns to its regular murky brownish-green colour.