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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:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KhfKLG4pRIU

[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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35 thoughts on “Happy Chicago St. Patrick’s Day, Where even the River turns green!

  1. Dr. Rex says:

    Awesome!!! Love it …. started reading about this yesterday! Reblog ….. hugs!!

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  2. Dr. Rex says:

    Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!!

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      Thank you, dear Dr. Rex!! Happy St. Patrick’s Day to you, too!! Hugs, Cher xo

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  3. Living near Chicago most of my life, we always joke about how they’re just changing the shade of green the river is all year long. 🙂

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      *LOL* We know that is true, don’t we? 🙂 Hugs, Cher xo

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  4. Happy St. Patrick’s Day!! What fun! So glad it’s a natural substance – but of course it would be. Hooray! An excuse to wear green, smile and laugh, get together, and maybe have a cuppa tea or a pint together (NA beer for me please 😉 ). I raise my glass to you my friend. Cheers! xo hugs, Gina

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      Happy St. Patrick’s Day, my dear friend Gina! Yes, cuppa tea for me as well! And cheers to you, as I hoist my cup North!! Hugs, Cher xo

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  5. Don says:

    Quite something – a green river on St Patrick’s day. Marvellous.

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      Isn’t it terrific, Don? I smile when thinking about the enthusiasm of the City of Chicago in saluting its Irish dwellers! Love it! Hugs, Cher xo

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  6. longandluxe says:

    Haha I love it!! Reminds me of the movie The Fugitive when Harrison Ford escapes Tommy Lee Jones in the parade!! xx

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      *Biggest grin* Where is Harrison Ford when you need him???? Hugs, Cher xo

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  7. longandluxe says:

    Happy St. Pats! 🙂 Cheers!

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      And a very Happy St. Pats to you, my dear!! Hugs, Cher xo

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  8. andy1076 says:

    I saw this on TV and I thought heeey! kool-aid lol

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      Andy! *LOL* Yes, it does look like kool-aid! You should see it in person; it’s awesome!! Hugs, Cher xo

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      1. andy1076 says:

        One day for sure! 🙂 xo

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      2. seaangel4444 says:

        You could ask someone for a cup for the kool-aid! 🙂 🙂 🙂

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      3. andy1076 says:

        or even Haggis! 😀

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      4. seaangel4444 says:

        Oh my gosh! I saw Haggis once and I ran the other way! 😉

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      5. andy1076 says:

        I’m an adventurous eater! lol

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      6. seaangel4444 says:

        Andy, I am an adventurous person in some ways, but eating is not one of them! *LOL* **cher sees strange item on plate…………see Cher run………….run, Cher, run!! *LOL* 😉

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  9. Have enjoyed a number of great trips to Ireland. In fact the image on my wordpress blog is a photo taken on the Northern Irish coast not far from Carrick-A-Rede last May. Stunning!

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      Ah, Veronica, the picture is absolutely stunning. there is something about Ireland! Truly it is a magic Isle! Hugs, Cher xo

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  10. Ah the famous turning the river green 🙂

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      Indeed! *LOL* It’s quite a site to behold, I must say! An illuminating experience!! Hugs, Cher xo

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  11. Poetsmith says:

    Wow! What an interesting post, Cher. Happy St Patrick’s Day to you! Have a lovely week. Love. 🙂 Iris

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      Thank you, Iris! It is a wonderful display each St. Patrick’s Day! And a lovely week to you too, my dear! Hugs, Cher xo

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  12. Sandi says:

    Happy St Paddy’s day my friend!

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      Awh, bless my dearie! Have a Happy St. Paddy’s Day to you, girl! Big hugs, Cher xo

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  13. Good blog! I hope you had a good day! Hugs, Barbara

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      Thanks so much, dear Barbara!! Hugs, Cher xo

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  14. WHAT?! AMAZING!!!! What an awesome tradition! Another reason why Chicago rules!!!!

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      Is that crazy or what? Yeay, Chicago rules!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂 Cher xo

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  15. Yup…we do it every year:) Glad you like my home town:) Um, well maybe not THIS winter, but other than that:)

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      *LOL* Well, compared to what I’m use to back in Canada, this Winter was just fine! 🙂 Thanks so much for stopping by! Please come back to The Chicago Files anytime! Cher xo

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