SAN ANTONIO – An annual San Antonio St. Patrick’s Day tradition continues this year – coloring the San Antonio River along the River Walk.
The river has been dyed green every year since 1968 and jokingly renamed the River Shannon.
This year the dyeing will take place on March 19 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. This is the city’s second river dyeing event since the first took place on March 17th. You can watch the live event in the video player above.
“It will stay stained for a couple of days, but won’t be as severe by day two,” Maggie Thompson, spokeswoman for Visit San Antonio, told KSAT.
Thompson also said this year will be bigger than any other as additional stretches of the river will be colored.
“We’re going to let Museum Reach die down to the Pearl on Saturday the 19th,” Thompson said. “We will also hold another parade in this area after our regular parade.”
A St. Patrick’s Day parade takes place on March 19 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. along the 2.5-mile stretch of the River Walk downtown. The parade begins at Mad Dogs at 123 Losoya Street. This is followed by a Luck of the Irish parade running from 6:00pm to 7:00pm along Museum Reach
Along the River Walk, you can watch the parade for free and color the river.
The dye is environmentally friendly and is always distributed behind a barge carrying a bagpiper.
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San Antonio River dyed green for the annual St. Patrick’s Day tradition
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