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Photos: Chicago River & Columbus Drive Go Green For Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade

By Staff in Arts & Entertainment on Mar 11, 2017 7:02PM

The Chicago River is green again for St. Patrick's Day, thanks to the work of a fleet of motorboats that are dispatched every year to toss orange powder into the River that turns it that familiar shade of neon green.

The Chicago River-dyeing is a decades-old tradition that precedes the annual St. Patrick's Day parade in the Loop. The 62nd annual parade kicked off this year around noon at the intersections of Columbus and Balbo drives. The theme of this year's parade was "Irish Immigration: A New World of Opportunity" and attorney Martin Healy Jr. served as the Grand Marshal. Check back here for more photos of the parade this afternoon.