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Should We Dye the Kalamazoo River Green for St. Patrick’s Day?

Chicago River Dyed Green In St. Patrick's Day Tradition
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Kalamazoo has some outstanding St. Patrick’s Day traditions like the parade down Burdick Street to the Knights of Columbus Hall and the fun in the pubs around town like O’Duffy’s. But there’s a particular St. Patrick’s Day tradition not found in Kalamazoo – dyeing our river green.

Of course the most famous green river is in Chicago. Should Kalamazoo give the same treatment to our river?

Wait, you might be saying – following the 2010 oil spill in the Kalamazoo River and the years of environmental abuse caused by the region’s industry, hasn’t the poor ol’ Kalamazoo been though enough?

Dyeing the Chicago River

The dye used in the Chicago river is a proprietary vegetable blend that is environmentally friendly.

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