Behind The Scenes Dyeing The Chicago River GREEN [Listen]

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March 17th, 2012:  Members of the plumbers' union dye the Chicago River green for St. Patrick's Day along with the honorary winner from 93XRT.  (credit: Steve Hardy/CBS Local)

March 17th, 2012: Members of the plumbers’ union dye the Chicago River green for St. Patrick’s Day along with the honorary winner from 93XRT. (credit: Steve Hardy/CBS Local)

zack1 Zack Nechvatal
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What’s green and runs backwards? Why, the Chicago river before the downtown Saint Patrick’s Day parade of course!

The big day is this Saturday and you could be the first to cast the dye (pun intended). This is how it’s done.

Listen below, as Mike Butler and crew go behind the scenes of dyeing the Chicago River GREEN! Butler describes the trials and tribulations of dyeing the river for the past 50 years. He also goes on to tell us where we got the idea from and who else is begging for his secret to success.

The crew had only dyed one other river, the Liffey River in Dublin, Ireland.


Mike Butler Talks About Dying The Chicago River [LISTEN]

Everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day, but no one celebrates the season like Chicagoans.


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