Taft Students Mixed on River Dyeing

Some students excited to celebrate, while others fear risks.


Green Chicago River on Saint Patrick’s Day, 2009 Mike Boehmer from Chicago, IL, USA, CC BY 2.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

    On Saturday, March 12, the Chicago River was dyed green for the upcoming St. Patrick’s day. As a kick off for celebrations, this was the first time crowds could see the river since the pandemic. Last year, the river was dyed secretly to avoid crowds.


    While many stated that they are excited to get back to celebrating, only one of the 44 students surveyed went to the river. This, added to the 22 students who have been to the river in the past shows some of the students doubts about celebrating.


    While half of the students say that they are nervous, the other half states they are excited to start public celebrations again. One Taft Junior said that “It feels nice to kind of start leaving it in the past.” The one thing they all agree on is that there is still risk involved.


    According to the Taft Juniors who watched, the event was “energetic and positive” with smiling faces and cheers. Students have mentioned that they loved seeing the Trinity Irish Dancers perform as well as people “giving out free items” and someone jumping into the river.


    The dyeing of the river has been happening for 67 years. As a tradition that’s loved by many, one Taft Junior said the “city would be pretty dead without it.” Looking at the environmental aspect, while officials claim that the dye is safe, students have virtually no problem with the tradition as long as that’s the case.