While gearing up for our first St. Patrick’s Day celebration in Chicago, I read that Chicago’s St. Pat’s festivities have been rated second in the country (Boston taking the lead). And, after all is said and done, it was pretty fun. We woke up on Saturday morning and had made plans to meet a bunch of friends at a bar at 9:00 a.m. I think both of us were unsure whether or not we could really handle that kind of early-bird partying (we are not a bunch of young college kids, mind you), but handle it, we did! The place served a pretty extensive breakfast buffet, and we had a really fun morning of mimosas, green beer, and excellent, excellent music and dancing – even doing the Dougie. All of this before 1 p.m.!!
One of the highlights of the morning… Lots of people in the bar were wearing green “stunna shades”, and man, Kris was eyeing those shades with a fiercely green envy. I was half expecting him to offer $20 to anyone who would hand over their pair to him (or straight up yank it from someone’s head) when with a little luck o’ the Irish, he looked down and saw an abandoned pair staring up at him from the floor! It was like he found the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow! 😉
So, one of the things that makes St. Patty’s Day so big in the Chi is that they completely dye the Chicago River bright green. My understanding is that they basically dump a ton of plant-based yellow dye into the river and then a bunch of kayakers mix it around, which results in the whole river turning bright, bright green. I found a good video of this:
Well, we didn’t make it to that event yesterday because it conflicted with our early morning dance party, but we did take a walk down today and it’s still pretty green!
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!! Erin Go Bragh!