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Chicago turns river green for St. Patrick's Day

Published: Saturday, March 16, 2013 11:31 a.m. CDT • Updated: Saturday, March 16, 2013 11:31 a.m. CDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Thousands of people decked out in green have descended on downtown Chicago for St. Patrick's Day festivities.

The crowd lining the Chicago River let out a collective cheer Saturday as workers on a boat dumped dye into the water, turning it a fluorescent hue of green — at least for a few hours.

In a sea of people wearing green shirts, coats and even wigs and beards, 29-year-old Ben May managed to stand out. The Elkhart, Ind., man was wearing a full leprechaun costume complete with a tall green hat he had to hold on to in the wind.

May bought the outfit to wear to Notre Dame football games. But he figured it was fitting for this occasion too. He says he hopes it gets him some free drinks.

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