Chicago River dyed green in this stunning time-lapse

With this Monday being St. Patrick’s Day, I’m taking a short break from Atlanta and sports to show you my favorite tradition of the holiday.

Every year since 1962, Chicago has dyed its famed river green to celebrate St. Paddy’s Day, according to the website that keeps up with the annual holiday happening. Following one of the Windy City’s coldest winters since the tradition began, it’s just nice to see the river finally ice-free.

If St Patrick’s Day occurred a few weeks earlier, it would have looked like a lime Slushie.

At 9:30 a.m. Saturday morning, boats began dumping the green dye into the Chicago River as a weekend of festivities were about to kick off, ABC7 in Chicago reported. From Saturday through Monday, hundreds of thousands will attend the parties and parades that surround St. Patrick’s Day, with the green river serving as the epicenter of the festivities.

Maybe Atlanta could start dropping green dye into the Chattahoochee River to celebrate the big day. Then again, it would probably make Florida angry to see their stretch of the river turn green days after St. Patrick’s Day ended – they might feel a little left out from the partying, and we wouldn’t want that.

Hat tip to Digg