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St. Patrick's Day Parade 2017
Photograph: Neal O'Bryan

The Chicago River was dyed green this morning without any fanfare

According to reports, Mayor Lightfoot allowed the annual event to move forward without crowds.

Zach Long
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Zach Long

When Chicago's St. Patrick's Day parades were canceled. for a second year in a row, it seemed that the annual dyeing of the Chicago River would suffer the same fate. But the Chicago Plumbers Union Local 130 quietly set out on the stretch of the river between the Loop and River North this morning, dumping orange dye into the water without the usual crowds of onlookers cheering at the spectacle.

According to the Chicago Tribune, Mayor Lori Lightfoot gave the tradition the green light without confirming a time or making a formal announcement in the days leading up to Saturday. The Chicago Riverwalk has been closed for the day to discourage groups from gathering to marvel at the bright green water, while police have been posted on many of the bridges to encourage onlooker to snap a photo and keep moving.

While we weren't expecting the river to run green today, we're happy to see a beloved local tradition make a comeback—even if there is a long way to go before Chicago returns to relative normalcy. Check out some photos of the river dyeing below.

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