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Kayaking the Chicago River on St. Patrick’s Day

Spring temperatures may not thaw the Chicago River before St. Patrick’s Day but the water will flow green on March 15, according to Lolly Bowean of the Chicago Tribune.

St. Patrick's Day in the Windy City-slide0
The River That Turned Green

“For more than 50 years, the Chicago Journeymen Plumbers Local Union 130 has dyed the river green for Chicago’s unique Irish celebration.”

According Kevin Sherlock, “Very little can stop that ritual.” Mr. Sherlock is an event organizer with the Chicago Journeymen Plumbers Local Union 130 that oversees the annual parade and river dyeing.

Because of the freezing temperatures and ice fans of the celebration call organizers wanting to know if the city is going to be cancelled the annual event, according to Mr. Sherlock.

However, Mr. Sherlock is confident that “There’s no need to worry. The ice is never that thick that we can’t break through it and make it work. They will get the water moving and get the dye in there. They have never had a problem before.”

According to Lolly Bowean, “The river dyeing is scheduled to take place at 10 a.m., and coincides with the annual downtown parade, which steps off at noon and attracts about 250,000 revelers.”


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