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Chicago River runs green

By KTVA CBS 11 News 6:08 PM March 15, 2014

A 52-year-old tradition

The Chicago River was running green Saturday.

It was all part of the Windy City’s annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration.

Festivities kicked off with the dyeing of the Chicago River, a tradition that has been in place for 52 years.

Local plumbers hopped into motorboats and dumped an orange powder into the river, which turns the water a bright green. That color is expected to last between 6 and 12 hours.

The dyeing of the river was followed by the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, with around 1 million people expected in attendance.

The South Side Irish Parade will take place at noon on Sunday.

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