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Chicago Blows Saint Patrick’s Day out of the Water

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The windy city of Chicago blows Saint Patrick’s Day out of the water. Between the dyeing of the Chicago river and the Irish parades, no one does Saint Patrick’s Day quite like good ol’ Illinois.

Saint Patrick’s Day in Chicago

Dyeing the Chicago River Green

Dyeing the Chicago River Green has been an annual Saint Patrick’s Day tradition since 1962, according to Mental Floss.

This year, the Chicago Plumbers Union dyed the river on Saturday at 9:00 A.M. according to ABC News. Locals were encouraged to enjoy a ride on the green river via Wendella’s Saint Patrick Day Cruise.

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Saint Patrick’s Day Parades in Chicago

The celebration continued with the Downtown Parade, which marched down Wacker Drive from Michigan Avenue to State Street.

The crowds were adorned in green, orange, and white; fedoras, bandanas, and wigs; plaid, stripes, dresses, and suits, according to the Chicago Tribune.

The streets were lined with various vendors selling Girl Scouts Cookies, pizzas, and festive attire.

The Northwest Side and South Side neighborhoods each enjoyed their own parades at 9:00 A.M. and 12:00 P.M. respectively, as well.

Other Saint Patrick’s Day Festivities in Chicago

Those looking to continue the festivities found the pot at the end of the rainbow at Charm’d, a Saint Patrick’s Day themed pop-up bar on N Clark Street.

Didn’t get a chance to stop by Charm’d on Saturday? No worries! Luckily, the bar will continue to operate throughout the rest of March.

Still looking for your pot at the end of the rainbow? Bank of America’s got you covered. The Saint Patrick’s Day celebrations will continue with the Shamrock Shuffle next Sunday.

The Shamrock Shuffle will kick off running season in Chicago with various Saint Patrick’s Day-themed races and walks starting at 6:30 A.M.

Saint Patrick’s Day Celebrations Around the World

Saint Patrick’s Day is celebrated throughout the world with parades, drinking, dancing, and delicacies such as Irish Potatoes – which are not made of potatoes; rather, they are coconut-coated balls of cream cheese.

Whether you’re feeling lucky or not, remember to celebrate responsibly. Do not get behind the wheel intoxicated, stay hydrated, and drink within your limits.

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