The 62nd St. Patrick’s Day Parade 2017 in Chicago

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Fluorescein in the Chicago River on the St. Pa...

Fluorescein in the Chicago River on the St. Patrick’s Day (added for celebration, rather than tracing). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Michigan Avenue Bridge across the Chicago Rive...

Michigan Avenue Bridge across the Chicago River in Chicago, Illinois (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Chicago River and Michigan Avenue bridge by ni...

Chicago River and Michigan Avenue bridge by night. On the right the new Trump Hotel towers the river, to the left the two level Wacker Drive can be seen. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This is a photograph of the Chicago River dyed...

This is a photograph of the Chicago River dyed green for the St. Patrick’s Day celebration. On the left is Wacker Drive, where it changes from three to two levels. Crossing the river is Michigan Avenue’s double-decker bridge. This picture was taken from the Columbus Drive bridge. The view faces west. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Chicago river dyed green on St. Patri...

English: Chicago river dyed green on St. Patrick’s Day, looking east from Michigan Avenue bridge. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Everyone is Irish on Saint Patrick‘s Day. Saint Patrick’s Day has been observed for more than 1000 years. It is observed on March 17th, the date of Patrick’s death. He is generally recognized as the patron saint of Ireland. Legend credits St. Patrick with banishing snakes from the island and chasing them into the sea.

Chicago River is dyed Green for Saint Patrick’s Day

For a city that has been run by the Daley Dynasty for most of my lifetime, you have to understand the importance of the Parade to the residents of Chicago. It is so important, that we have two annual St. Patrick’s Day parades in Chicago.

http://www.chicagostpatsparade.com/

The Parade always occurs on a Saturday. If St. Patrick’s Day does not fall on a Saturday, the Parade is held the Saturday before. The Parade was held on, Saturday, March 11th 2017. The Parade always steps off at noon.

The parade starts at Balbo and Columbus. The parade units will proceed north on Columbus Drive and the viewing stand will be located in front of Buckingham Fountain.

Dyeing the Chicago River is scheduled for 9:15 am. the dyeing can be best viewed from the East side of the Michigan Avenue bridge, the West side of the Columbus Drive bridge or upper and lower Wacker Drive between Michigan Avenue and Columbus Drive.

Everyone wears green. We even dye the river green, our fountains spew green water and we drink green beer.

Chicago’s Green Fountain for St. Patrick’s Day

We always crown a queen.  The St. Patrick’s Day Queen and her Court ride a majestic float the day of the parade.

This interesting tradition of  “the dyeing of the Chicago River a nearly radioactive looking Kelly green” has been around for 56 years. Here’s what happened:

“A couple of plumbers discovered the orange dye they used to detect leaks and illegal discharges of sewage into the Chicago River turned the water that Irish Kelly Green. They told the Chicago Journeymen Plumbers Local 110 business manager Stephen Bailey, who then asked around and ultimately received permission to try and dye the river green.” Today, the Chicago Journeymen Plumbers Local Union 130 dyes the river.

“The Plumbers Local union is charged with dyeing the river green every year. They first used 100 pounds of the vegetable dye, which kept the river green for about a week. Today, 40 pounds of vegetable dye is mixed into the river using motorboats, which is enough to keep the river a Shamrock green for about four-to-five hours, after which the river reverts back to its murky, polluted green.”

The best place to view the green river spectacle is from the east side of the Michigan Avenue bridge, the West side of the Columbus Drive bridge or upper and lower Wacker Drive between Michigan Avenue and Columbus Drive. When the river flows Kelly green, it’s time to start the parade.

 

WHERE: Columbus Drive from Balboa to Monroe

Chicago St. Patrick's Day Parade

The annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade is a spectacular event attended by thousands of people and features a colorful array of floats. The parade proceeds north on Columbus Drive and ends up in front of Buckingham Fountain where the viewing stand awaits.  Everyone is encouraged to wear green to engender the luck of the Irish.

There’s plenty of parties at local bars after the parade. Here are some other interesting events that you may want to attend:

Forever Green Celebration with Young Irish Fellowship Club of Chicago

Forever Green is the largest St. Patrick’s Day party in Chicago and celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2015! Join the fun with live bands, a silent auction, bagpipers, Irish dancers, a fiddle-off, and appearances by the Chicago Rose of Tralee, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade Queen, and South Side Irish Parade Queen. Ages 21 and up only

Ireland: Crossroads of Art and Design, 1690–1840

  • Location: Art Institute of Chicago (111 S. Michigan Ave.)
  • Tickets: Included in museum admission (from $14-23, children 14 and under free)
One of Chicago’s premier cultural institutions, the Art Institute of Chicago will kick off its newest exhibition “Ireland: Crossroads of Art and Design, 1690-1840” with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on St. Patrick’s Day including a bagpiper!

Everyone is Irish on Saint Patrick’s Day in Chicago

About a  week after the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, the city will host the Chicago’s Shamrock Shuffle. This 8K race  kicks off the city’s running and racing season.

This is a photograph of the Chicago River dyed...

This is a photograph of the Chicago River dyed green for the St. Patrick’s Day celebration. On the left is Wacker Drive, where it changes from three to two levels. Crossing the river is Michigan Avenue’s double-decker bridge. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides @ www.vino-con-vista.com

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