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Photos: Chicago Indulges In All Its St. Patrick's Day Parade Traditions

By Chicagoist_Guest in Arts & Entertainment on Mar 13, 2016 6:00AM

By Tyler LaRiviere/Chicagoist
Chicagoans indulged in at least three time-honored traditions this weekend: Dyeing the Chicago River green, parading at noon, and getting drunk before 10 in the morning. The St. Patrick's Day festivities (though St. Patrick's Day is not actually until the 17th) kicked off with the River dyeing ceremony at 9 a.m. Saturday. Thousands turned out to watch members of the Chicago's Plumbers Union pour an orange chemical in the Chicago River that turned it green.

After the ceremony, the masses wandered around the Loop, buying green merchandise or enjoying a round or two at local bars before wandering to Columbus Drive to see the St. Patrick’s Day Parade kick off. The parade featured Irish groups, local school bands, and elected officials including Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner and Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan.

Have a look at some photos we snapped of all the festivities and fun Saturday.