The Chicago River is dyed green every year to celebrate St Patrick’s Day, but how long will it stay green for?
People come to witness the river getting dyed every year and 2022 was no different. In 2020, the tradition was not being followed due to the outbreak of COVID-19.
However, with things getting back to normal, people were able to enjoy the tradition once again. Meanwhile, there were others who decided to share some memes related to the same.
How long will the river stay green?
As per The Independent, the river will stay green for 48 hours, that is, two days. 40-pounds of dye is released in the river with the help of several small boats.
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Last year, the river was turned green but not many people could enjoy the process.
How did the idea of dying the river come about?
While the tradition is being carried out for many years, the idea was first invented by Chicago Mayor Richard Daley and union manager Stephen M Baily.
The original idea stated that Lake Michigan would be turned green for the special day. However, everyone suggested it would be a difficult task given that the lake was 22,400 square miles. Due to this, the Chicago River was chosen as the new spot.
Is the dye eco-friendly?
Initially, 100 pounds of fluorescein was used to dye the river green, as per Irish Central. This would leave the river green for nearly a week. At the same time, people were quick to point out the risks that were involved by using the chemical in the river.
Following this, in 1996, the power was changed into a more eco-friendly option. While the powder is orange in color, it would turn green when mixed with water.
People react to the Chicago River turning green
With the tradition taking place every year, it is no surprise that people have a lot to say about it. Some users on the internet even shared a few memes regarding the same. This can be seen in the tweets below:
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