The announcement was made critical minute, likely to avoid crowds from collection on the riverfront through coronavirus restrictions still in place.

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After announcing earlier this month the the flow wouldn"t be dyed eco-friendly for St. Patrick"s Day because that a second straight year, the flow was dyed Kelly green after all beforehand Saturday morning, march 13, 2021 Colin Boyle/ Block society Chicago

CHICAGO — The Chicago flow is environment-friendly again.

After announcing previously this month that the flow wouldn’t be dyed green for St. Patrick’s Day for a 2nd straight year, the river was dyed Kelly environment-friendly after all early on Saturday morning.

The announcement was made last minute to prevent crowds from gathering on the riverfront with coronavirus constraints still in place. Market Lori Lightfoot was on the watercraft dyeing the river Saturday, posing for photos with Irish parade queens.

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Credit: Colin Boyle/ Block society Chicago The Journeymen Plumbers neighborhood Union 130 dye the Chicago River environment-friendly Saturday morning, in march 13, 2021.
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Credit: Colin Boyle/ Block club ChicagoAfter announcing previously this month that the flow wouldn’t it is in dyed green for St. Patrick’s Day for a 2nd straight year, the flow was dyed Kelly green early Saturday morning, march 13, 2021, ahead of St. Patrick’s Day.

Since 1962, the dyeing the the river has been a tradition, began by representatives of Journeymen Plumbers regional Union 130. The dyeing bring away place in between Columbus Drive and State Street and also usually keeps the usually murky flow bright, Kelly environment-friendly for a couple of days.

Although the precise concoction stays a closely guarded secret, that is vegetables based and also only requires around 40 pounds of powdered dye, spread out by 2 to 3 motorboats — one v the dye and also one or 2 to churn the water, follow to Thrillist.

Each year, frequently thousands that spectators heat the bridges and also riverwalk to capture a glimpse that the bright green waters. 

Arpi Long and her daughter looked out their window this morning to watch the flow dyed green. They grabbed their vacation gear, texted a few neighbors and also rushed to see it.

“And as shortly as I experienced this we put our beads on, placed our small hats on and also came the end here,” long said.

Long to be disappointed critical year as soon as the river wasn’t dyed, and the sentiments certain uplifted through today’s surprise.

“It was a sense of hope the COVID is obtaining to be officially over, hopefully,” long said.

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Arpi and also Avery Long.
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Credit: Colin Boyle/ Block society Chicago The Journeymen Plumbers local Union 130 dye the Chicago River green Saturday morning, march 13, 2021.
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Credit: Colin Boyle/ Block club Chicago The Journeymen Plumbers neighborhood Union 130 dye the Chicago River environment-friendly Saturday morning, march 13, 2021.
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Credit: Colin Boyle/ Block club Chicago The Journeymen Plumbers neighborhood Union 130 dye the Chicago River environment-friendly Saturday morning, march 13, 2021.

The idea was spawned through Stephen Bailey, who was the union’s organization manager in the beforehand ’60s and also thought the dye, originally used to trace leaks in buildings, would be a nice means to memory St. Patrick’s Day.

Last week, city officials said this year dyeing of the flow was canceled, yet later they decided to permit the tradition proceed as a surprised to Chicagoans, follow to a city source.

“…While the typical event did not take ar as it has actually in other years, heritages are important, and also the City quiet partnered with the Chicago Plumbers Union neighborhood 130 to respect long-standing heritage by dyeing the Chicago flow green,” Lightfoot’s office stated in a statement. “In bespeak to minimization crowds and avoid congregating, the City opted no to publicize this ahead of time, and the dyeing took place earlier than the classic Saturday morning event. Furthermore, the Riverwalk will certainly be closeup of the door on Saturday and also Chicagoans feather to see the River during the day room urged come ‘keep that moving’ and also celebrate safely and responsibly.”

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Credit: Colin Boyle/ Block club ChicagoMayor Lori Lightfoot poses because that photos at the St. Patrick’s Day river dyeing Saturday, march 13, 2021.

Both the downtown parade, usually held the Saturday before St. Patrick’s Day, and the city’s Southside ireland Parade are canceled.

Last week, Chicago’s Liquor Commissioner Shannon Trotter said bars and restaurants they have to keep a lid top top crowds or hazard being shut down.

Trotter sent a list of rules to bar owner to tension the importance of complying with state and city COVID-19 rule on what is generally a busy holiday weekend. Under existing guidelines, bars and restaurants are minimal to 50 percent capacity or 50 human being per room, whichever is fewer, and tables, consisting of those outdoors, have to be spaced 6 feet apart through no much more than six people per table.

If lock are discovered to be operation over capacity limits, bars “will it is in closed and also cited and will confront license discipline,” Trotter wrote in the letter.

She additionally specifically warned versus “dancing or other congregating,” saying everyone need to remain seated. Civilization must also wear masks, other than when “actively” eat or drinking.

When asked exactly how she felt around the river dyeing, Lightfoot to be succinct Saturday: “Good.”


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Credit: Colin Boyle/ Block club ChicagoThe Shannon Rovers bagpipers downtown ~ above Saturday, in march 13, 2021 ahead of St. Patrick’s Day.
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Credit: Colin Boyle/ Block club Chicago mayor Lori Lightfoot at the St. Patrick’s Day flow dyeing Saturday, march 13, 2021.
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Credit: Colin Boyle/ Block club ChicagoThe Shannon Rovers bagpipers downtown on Saturday, march 13, 2021 ahead of St. Patrick’s Day.

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