Chicago River dyed green for St. Patrick's Day

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Chicago River Dyed Green for St. Patrick's Day
CHICAGO - The Chicago River turning green kicked off Chicago's St. Patrick's day festivities this morning.

Thousands looked on and then stuck around for the annual downtown parade that made its way down Columbus between Balbo and Monroe.

Politicians, including Governor Bruce Rauner, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and mayoral challenger Jesus "Chuy" Garcia all made the rounds, shaking hands and securing votes.

See images of the revelry below:

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Chicago River dyed green for St. Patrick's Day
Spectators watch as the Chicago River is dyed green ahead of the St. Patrick's Day parade in Chicago, Saturday, March 14, 2015. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel shakes hands before the St. Patrick's Day parade in Chicago, Saturday, March 14, 2015. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)
Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner gives the thumbs up while walking during the St. Patrick's Day parade in Chicago, Saturday, March 14, 2015. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)
Chicago Mayoral candidate Jesus "Chuy" Garcia gives the victory sign while walking during the St. Patrick's Day parade in Chicago, Saturday, March 14, 2015. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)
Brian McClard of Oswego, Ill., holds his five month-old son Conell Aengus while watching the St. Patrick's Day parade in Chicago, Saturday, March 14, 2015. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)
Alex Nowakowska left, and Joanna Puchlik right, both of Chicago, take a selfie after the Chicago River is dyed green ahead of the St. Patrick's Day parade in Chicago, Saturday, March 14, 2015. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)
Kayakers float on the Chicago River after being dyed green ahead of the St. Patrick's Day parade in Chicago, Saturday, March 14, 2015. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)
Spectators watch as the Chicago River is dyed green ahead of the St. Patrick's Day parade in Chicago, Saturday, March 14, 2015. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)
The Chicago River being dyed green ahead of the St. Patrick's Day parade in Chicago, Saturday, March 15, 2014. (AP Photo/ Paul Beaty)
The Chicago River is dyed green ahead of the St. Patrick's Day parade in Chicago, Saturday, March 14, 2015. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)
[UNVERIFIED CONTENT] Every St. Patrick's Day celebrations in Chicago, just before the start of the parade, the Chicago river is dyed green. It has been a half-a-century tradition. The dye that is used is vegetable-based and is non-toxic. The greening is conducted by the Chicago Journeymen Plumbers and is privately funded. March 16, 2013.
[UNVERIFIED CONTENT] The annual dyeing of the Chicago River 2013 edition. Every St. Patrick's Day celebration in Chicago, the Chicago River is dyed emerald green just before the parade starts. There is nothing like it anywhere in the world. The dye is supposed to be an organic vegetable dye and is certified non-toxic and not harmful to the environment. March 16, 2013.
CHICAGO - MARCH 16: Chicagoans line along Upper and Lower Wacker Drive and the Riverwalk, after members of the Plumber's Union Local 130 poured environmentally safe orange powder along the Chicago River, turning it green for St. Patrick's Day in Chicago, Illinois on MARCH 16, 2013. (Photo By Raymond Boyd/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
CHICAGO - MARCH 16: Two Shoreline Sightseeing Boats, makes their way up the Chicago River after members of the Plumber's Union Local 130 poured environmentally safe orange powder along the Chicago River, turning it green for St. Patrick's Day in Chicago, Illinois on MARCH 16, 2013. (Photo By Raymond Boyd/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
Kayakers float on the Chicago River after it was dyed green ahead of the St. Patrick's Day parade in Chicago, Saturday, March 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)
Chicago Mayoral candidate Jesus "Chuy" Garcia talks with the media before the St. Patrick's Day parade in Chicago, Saturday, March 14, 2015. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)
Spectators watch as the Chicago River is dyed green ahead of the St. Patrick's Day parade in Chicago, Saturday, March 14, 2015. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)
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