Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Chicago River Turns Green For St.Patrick's Day...
On the Saturday of or before March 17, Chicagoans gather to celebrate St. Patrick's Day at a special downtown parade.
Every year, the Chicago River is dyed green at a special ceremony before the parade.
The Chicago River was first dyed green in 1962 to coincide with the St. Patrick's Day Parade. That year, 100 pounds of dye -- stirred up by motorboats -- turned the water green for a week.
• The guy who came up with the idea, the late Steve Bailey, a former plumbers union business agent, told reporters at the time that he expected, "The Chicago River will dye the Illinois, which will dye the Mississippi, which will dye the Gulf of Mexico, which will send green dye up the Gulf Stream across the North Atlantic into the Irish Sea, a sea of green surrounding the land will appear as a greeting to all Irishmen of the Emerald Isle from the men of Erin in Chicago."
Gotta love Chi-town check it out.....