St. Patrick’s Day Trivia
Did you know that over 40 years ago the tradition of dying the Chicago River for St. Patrick’s Day was born? I’ll bet you didn’t know how it got started though. In 1961 Stephen Bailey, Business Manager of the Chicago Journeymen Plumbers Local Union #110, discovered that the dye plumbers used to detect leaks would turn the river the perfect shade of Irish green. He discovered this purely by accident when he was approached by a plumber who was wearing some white coveralls that had been almost completely stained a distinctive shade of green. When he found out how the plumber’s coveralls got this way, the idea hit him. So the tradition began with the 1962 parade, and the rest is history! Find out more about it here.