Chicago River To Be Dyed Green For St. Patrick’s Day

March 15, 2024

We believe that’s where the Leprechaun comes in.

The Chicago Journeymen Plumbers Local Union 130 on its tradition of dying the Chicago River green for the city’s St. Patrick’s Day celebration. This year, the river will be dyed on Saturday morning, the day before St. Patrick’s Day.

How It Works: The Chicago Plumbers Union Local 130 has a “secret sauce” they use to turn the river temporarily green. The “leprechaun dust” is derived from vegetables and considered environmentally friendly.

Why It Matters: St. Patrick’s Day is a popular Irish (and Irish-American) holiday, and is now celebrated by many around the world – especially throughout North America and Australia. It commemorates the traditional March 17 death of Patrick, a missionary bishop and the patron saint of Ireland, who died around 492.

Did You Know? While Ireland is known as the “Emerald Isle,” the tradition of wearing green on St. Patrick’s Day actually began in America. The color green in the Irish flag symbolizes nationalism; Irish Americans began wearing green as a reminder of their Irish roots. It has also taken on the mythical belief that wearing green makes people invisible to leprechauns.

Read More: When the Chicago River will be dyed green for St. Patrick’s Day, and how it’s done (NBC Chicago)

Saint Patrick’s Day (Library of Congress)

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by Emily Hooker, based in Texas