Chicago plumbers dye river green, kayak goes for it, see photos here

Posted By: Selma Al-Faqih on March 17, 2010 3:03 pm

St. Patrick’s Day in Chicago would not be complete without the 40-year-old plumber’s tradition of dyeing the river green. Ireland is known as “the Emerald Isle.” Apparently no other river in the US can match the perfect-ness of this beautiful hue.

The lore is revealed (courtesy
In 1961 Stephen Bailey was approached by a plumber who was wearing some white coveralls, they knew this only because they could see some of the original color. These coveralls had been mostly stained or dyed a perfect shade of green, an Irish green to better describe it. It was when Stephen Bailey asked how the coveralls got this way, that they discovered that the dye used to detect leaks into the river turned green, not just any color green, but the perfect color green.

Usually kayaking is done in a nice mountain stream with lots of birds and plenty of pristine, clear water. These photos offer a different, if not unusual, experience.

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