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Chicago river dyed bright green in honor of St. Patrick's Day

Saturday, March 15, 2014 - 00:40

March 15 - Chicago celebrates St. Patrick's Day with its annual tradition of dyeing the river green before the parade. Vanessa Johnston reports.

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The ice thawed in Chicago just in time for its annual tradition of dyeing the river green in honor of St. Patrick's Day. Boats cruise down the Chicago River while dumping in an orange powder, turning the water bright green. The tradition dates back to 1962. Over the years, event organizers have curbed the amount of dye used - from 100 pounds to 25 pounds. Now the color lasts between six and twelve hours - instead of one week. After the spectacle, Chicagoans will make their way, as they always do, to the big St. Patrick's Day parade.

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Chicago river dyed bright green in honor of St. Patrick's Day

Saturday, March 15, 2014 - 00:40