St Patrick's Day in Chicago
The Irish were one of the largest immigrant groups to settle in the United States, and they have been a very large and influential group in Chicago.
Why and When is the Chicago River dyed green for St. Patrick's Day?
To achieve the green color, teams in boats spread a 40-pound canister of orange dye into the river. That dye color results in the deep emerald hue in the river "that always has a bit of bilious green tinge to it."
Some information about Chicago's Irish:
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("The Irish in Chicago, A St. Patrick's Day Compendium of Local Lore",
Chicago Tribune, March 13, 1992, pg. 20 and "Chicago's Dyeing Claim to Fame?
Green River For St. Patrick's Day May Not Have Started Here," Chicago Tribune, March 13, 1999,
Chicagoland Edition, pg. 1. Photo from http://www.chicagostpatsparade.com/miracle.shtml)