2014-03-13 10:23:15 - Live streaming Chicago on St Patrick's Day 2014, with the South Side Irish Parade, Chicago River Dyeing times, viewing points, parade route and schedule, TV, radio and online stream coverage.
The St Patrick's Day events in Chicago take place over the weekend on the 15th and 16 March, with the day itself falling on the Monday this year. The main events are the South Side Irish parade and the famous Chicago River Dyeing.
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Event background and information:
The iconic dyeing of the Chicago river green is the key and unique part if the St Patrick's day celebrations in Chicago, with the US in general celebrating their significant Irish heritage with parties and events across the country to mark the event.
Chicago dyes its river green and has done so since 1962 when sewer workers used green dye to check for sewer discharges and
had the idea to turn the river green for Saint Patrick's Day. Originally 100 pounds of vegetable dye was used to turn the river green for a whole week but now only forty pounds of dye is used and the colour only lasts for several hours. The dyeing can be best viewed from the East side of the Michigan Avenue bridge, the West side of the Columbus Drive bridge or upper and lower Wacker Drive between Michigan Avenue and Columbus Drive.
Following this, the St Patrick's Day parade starts at Balbo and Columbus. The parade units will proceed north on Columbus Drive and the viewing stand will be located in front of Buckingham Fountain.
Little is known of Patrick's early life, though it is known that he was born in Roman Britain in the 4th century, into a wealthy Romano-British family. His father and grandfather were deacons in the Church. At the age of sixteen, he was kidnapped by Irish raiders and taken captive to Ireland as a slave. It is believed he was held somewhere on the west coast of Ireland, possibly Mayo, but the exact location is unknown. According to his Confession, he was told by God in a dream to flee from captivity to the coast, where he would board a ship and return to Britain. Upon returning, he quickly joined the Church in Auxerre in Gaul and studied to be a priest.