Dyeing to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

By: Trever McKenzie ~Copy Editor~ Chicago is a city with many famous tourist attractions and a large cultural background, but one tradition may go unnoticed by unfamiliar tourists: The annual dyeing of the Chicago River for St. Patrick‚Äôs Day. Each year two boats carrying members of the Chicago Journeymen Plumbers Union (CJPC) rocket across the Chicago river. The first boat drops in an environmentally-friendly vegetable dye, an orange powder that becomes a deep, vivid green when it hits the water. More than 40 pounds of powder are dumped into the river. The second boat follows up and makes sure the … Continue reading Dyeing to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day