Saturday, March 17, 2007
Happy St Paddy's Day! ‘
Well, I am wearin' of the green today, a green sweater. Green usually isn't my color, but I have to wear it today because I am part Irish, after all. St Patrick's Day was a Catholic holiday, but like Valentine's Day, St Paddy's Day has been taken over by the secular world and is mainly now a day of fun and for many people getting shit-faced drunk and having a great time no matter if one is Irish or not.
Everybody in Chicago is Irish on St. Paddy's Day. Every year on St. Patrick's Day, the Chicago River is dyed green. The Pipefitters Union uses fluorescein dye which can also be used to study moving water. While in 1962, 100 pounds (45 kg) of dye were used, more recently the amount has been decreased to about 40 pounds (18 kg). This video gives a bit of history about why St. Patrick's Day is so special for the Windy City.