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Chicago River dyed blue for Cubs’ World Series victory parade (pics)

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The Chicago Cubs on Friday are holding a World Series victory parade and rally 108 years in the making and Chi-Town is pulling out all the stops to make sure the day measures up to all the anticipation. And part of the preparation included dyeing the Chicago River blue.

With Cubs fans invading Downtown Chicago by the thousands upon thousands, crews began dyeing the river about 7:15 Friday morning.

 

The Friends of the Chicago River expressed some concern over how the dye could negatively impact aquatic life in the river after Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced plans to do so on Thursday.

“We are thrilled for the Cubs and for all the people who live here and share in the joy of this wonderful winning team,’ Margaret Frisbie, executive director of Friends of the Chicago River, said in a statement on the group’s website, via DNAInfo. “However, we hope this is a rumor of idle fun and speculation rather than an actual plan.”

But the go-ahead was given to the same individuals responsible for dyeing the river green for every St. Patrick’s Day for the past 50 years. Officials stated no permit is required to dye the river so long as natural food dye is used.

The parade itself departs Wrigley Field with the celebration rally being held at Grant Park once the motorcade arrives at approximately noon local time.