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Chicago River Goes Green for St. Patrick's Day

Image: The Chicago River is dyed green during St. Patrick's Day celebrations in Chicago
The Chicago River is dyed green during St. Patrick's Day celebrations in Chicago on March 15. Reuters

Chicago's waterway is glowing green in the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day.

As per annual tradition, the Chicago River was dyed green Saturday — the spectacle's 52nd year. Legend has it, the emerald-kissed water from the Chicago River flows all the way to Ireland by coursing through the Illinois River, then into the Mississippi, up the Gulf Stream and across the Atlantic.

According to the Chicago St. Patrick’s Day Parade website, the dyeing of the river started with the Chicago Journeymen Plumbers. It is now kept up by Mike Butler and his crew, and he claims he gets a little help — from a leprechaun.

Spectators say they love the festive attraction.

"There's no place like Chicago for St. Patrick's Day," city native Melissa Gollakner told the Chicago Tribune. "We do it right."

— Alessandra Malito

Image: The Chicago River being dyed green ahead of the St. Patrick's Day parade in Chicago
The Chicago River being dyed green ahead of the St. Patrick's Day parade in Chicago on March 15. PAUL BEATY / AP

Image: People photograph themselves with a smartphone after the Chicago River was dyed green ahead of the St. Patrick's Day parade in Chicago
Elizabeth Saathoff left, and Scott Wrobel right, both of Chicago, photograph themselves with a smartphone after the Chicago River was dyed green ahead of the St. Patrick's Day parade in Chicago on March 15. PAUL BEATY / AP