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Chicago St. Patrick's Day Parade & River Dyeing

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Columbus Dr. from Balbo St. to Monroe St., Chicago, IL 60605

Chicago is home to quite the St. Patrick's Day celebration! The Chicago River goes green as 45 pounds of vegetable dye color the water between Columbus and Wacker drives.

The dyeing of the river has been a tradition for many generations and attracts thousands of people dressed in green to see the action live! 

This parade is packed with all things Irish - colorful floats waving green/white/orange flags, troops of Irish step dancers, booming marching bands and bagpipers, and, of course, anything green! It happens rain or shine and lasts for about three hours. If you want more elbow and viewing room, we recommend snagging a spot toward the start of the parade in Grant Park (Columbus & Balbo).

The 2024 St Patrick's Day celebrations begin with the Chicago River dyeing will begin at 10 am, followed by the Chicago St. Patrick's Day Parade from 12.15 pm.

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