By CBS 2 Chicago Staff

CHICAGO (CBS) — The City of Chicago unexpectedly dyed the Chicago River green Saturday morning as part of its long-standing tradition to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.

The event took place earlier than usual and was not publicized in order to prevent gathering and the spread of COVID-19, city officials said.

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The Riverwalk will also be closed on Saturday to prevent gathering.

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As is tradition, the Chicago Plumbers Union Local 130 dyed the river bright green. The dyeing of the river dates back to 1962.

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There will be no St. Patrick’s Day Parade this year.

CBS 2 Chicago Staff