Watch How The Chicago River is Dyed Green For St. Patrick’s Day
The City of Chicago celebrated St. Patrick's Day this weekend. St. Patrick's Day in Chicago is normally filled with all the green, parades, drinking, and river dying. This year celebrations were put on hold, but one tradition was still in full effect. The river dying!
The iconic green river flows through the city during the weekend for people to take pictures around. Or, if you're bold enough, you might just kayak right through it.
Dying the Chicago river is a TASK. It's not as simple as dropping some giant food dye off a bridge. The city has it down to a science now. And the drone videos and time lapses that come come afterwards are almost as good as the river itself.
That's a lot of dye. Just how much is it though? Thrillist details -
The Plumbers Union pours in about 40 pounds of the powdered dye (which is actually orange until it's mixed in). Fun fact: The crew once used 100 pounds back in 1962, and the river was green for an entire week. After that, they lowered it to 25 pounds, and it's now back up to 40 as the recipe has been perfected.
Happy St. Patrick's Day!