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Chicago River dyed green

March 17, 2013 at 2:22 PM   |   Comments

CHCAGO, Ill., March 17 (UPI) -- The Chicago River has been dyed green as part of St. Patrick's Day celebrations across the country, organizers said.

Plumbers Union Local 130 carried out the tradition, which has been in place for 50 years, CBS Chicago reported.

Organizers said the dye formula is a closely held secret.

Hillsborough River was also dyed green Saturday during the Mayor's River O'Green Fest in Tampa, Fla., the Tampa Bay Times reported.

And in Boston, hundreds of people packed into the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center for the annual South Boston St. Patrick's Day Breakfast.

The Boston Herald said Gov. Deval Patrick was not in attendance, and Senate president Therese Murray was also not expected to attend.

Former Republican Gov. William Weld and U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren were in attendance, the Herald said.

St. Patrick's Day in Philadelphia was less celebratory when a New Jersey-bound PATCO train, filled with drunken party-goers, was disabled on the Benjamin Franklin Bridge Saturday at 6 p.m., the Philadelphia Inquirer said.

A second train picked the passengers at 7:30 p.m., PATCO spokesman Tim Ireland said.

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