Photographer's Note

This year's greening of the Chicago River occurred yesterday, March 11. The dyeing of the Chicago River into green is an annual event to commemorate St. Patrick's Day celebrations in Chicago.

Forty pounds of vegetable dye was dumped into the river yesterday. The composition of the dye is secret and entrusted to two families handed from generation to generation. The dye starts as an orange powder that turns green when it comes into contact with water. The green color was expected to last for a few hours, although I've seen it last for a few days.

The tradition of dyeing the river green started in 1962.

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