Everyone is Irish in Chicago on Saint Patrick's Day 2013 - Photos

Everyone is Irish in Chicago on Saint Patrick's Day 2013 - Photos

Saturday March 16, 2013 - Saint Patrick's Day is tomorrow but the party started in Chicago today. At 10:00 AM the Chicago River was dyed an emerald shade of green to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. All thanks to our very own Chicago Journeymen Plumbers Local Union. The Plumbers Local Union has been dyeing the river and sponsoring the parade for the past 43 years. The Chicago River turns green for the St. Patrick’s Day Parade this morning just before the parade celebration.

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Here is a little history as to how and why they dye the Chicago River

The history of this tradition has quite a bit of blarney in it, but according to organizers, here's roughly how it unfolded.In 1961 Stephen Bailey was Business Manager of Chicago's Journeymen Plumbers Local Union #110. The union had sponsored Chicago's St. Patrick's Day Parade since 1957. As the story goes, this was around the time that water pollution controls were first being put into place. One day Bailey ran into a plumber who was using a shamrock green dye to track waste leakage into the river when Bailey had what Oprah might call "an a-ha moment." The river has been dyed ever since.

For the full story by Dan Lydon as told by a true Irishman follow this link

Today's event was viewed thousands that line the Chicago River and the parade route. The Parade kicked off at noon, running from Columbus Drive and Balbo Avenue in Grant Park then continuing up Monroe Street.  It seems as if just as many marched in the Parade. Including: The Plumbers, Irish Dancers, The Shannon Rovers, Marching Bands, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Governor Guinn, Lisa Madigan, Ronald McDonald, Irish Elvis, Ghost Busters, Comic book characters, Alderman, Jesse White, Dorothy Brown and many other politicians. Also in attendance was a Flying Leprechaun and the most beautiful Bridget McMahon Fitzgerald this years Queen of the 2013 Chicago Saint Patrick's Day Parade.

It was a long day and a big event for Chicago. I took a lot of photographs, from morning till late afternoon. Here are more than just a few photos from today. For those who make it to the end of all of these photos will see the Irish Elvis.

Happy Saint Patrick's Day Chicago!

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