Surprise! The Chicago River Was Dyed Green Over the Weekend


The Chicago River was dyed for St. Patrick's Day after all! Mayor Lightfoot surprised Chicagoans by dyeing the river unannounced over the weekend to not draw crowds because of the pandemic:

In an effort to limit crowds during St. Patrick's Day weekend as a precautionary measure due to Covid-19, Chicago city officials did not announce plans to continue their longstanding tradition of dyeing the Chicago River green to mark the holiday.

But in a surprise Twitter announcement Saturday, Mayor Lori Lightfoot said the city was "able to honor long-standing tradition."

"Happy St. Patrick's Day Weekend, Chicago!" she said. "Although we didn’t gather, we were able to honor long-standing tradition by dyeing the Chicago River green, thanks to the Chicago Journeymen Plumbers. If you're heading out today, make sure to mask up and watch your distance."

The Chicago Plumber's Union surprised residents early Saturday morning as crews cruised through the river in boats, leaving trails of green dye along the way.

Yay for some normalcy!


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