No Painting Chicago Green!
The Coronavirus situation has forced us all to change the way we live our daily lives, as public events are being cancelled out of an abundance of caution…one such event is Chicago’s traditional “painting the river green.”
In fact, here is an update on all of Chicago’s St. Patricks celebrations:
The downtown Chicago St. Patrick’s Day Parade, which was set for today, as well as Sunday’s South Side Irish Parade and the Northwest Side parades are all cancelled.
The annual dyeing of the Chicago River will also be rescheduled “to a later date,” city officials said.
The city of Chicago began “painting” the river green in 1962.
Sad news to share, so I wanted to share my pictures of when I was in Chicago during this time of celebration – beginning with the “painting” of Chicago’s river!
As wikipedia reports, the inspiration for the stunt came from pollution-control workers, who used various chemical dyes to trace illegal sewage discharges. Yep, they got the idea while looking for “sewage discharge!”
That first year, the city dumped 100 pounds of dye into the river, which left it green for an entire week! As you can see from these photos, it really works!
Officials say they actually use less than 25 pounds of dye, and it’s vegetable-based, so its safe to everything and everyone who is in the water!
Here is a look at this great tradition:
After the spray down, then smaller boats stir it all in…the entire ceremony takes a half hour, then it’s usually on to the next celebration – a parade – followed by a day long celebration that lasts well into the night…with lots of green souvenirs available to buy as well!
Yes, there is plenty of green beer served as well…hopefully, Chicagoans will continue that tradition in smaller groups.
I look forward to the resumption of our everyday lives…as we triumph against this virus – we all show our true strength, and our ability to come together to fight a common enemy, in this case a worldwide one.
The annual dying of the Chicago river is just one reason to love this town – this is another:
Yes, Chicago’s legendary Deep Dish Pizza is as tasty as it looks…it’s one of the reasons my “Six Shot Saturday” looked at the Windy City – see more here:
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