8 Places They Turn Stuff Green for Saint Patrick's Day (Slideshow)
March 17, 2014
From cookies to statues, the world is showing its Irish charm by turning things green to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day
Niagara Falls, USA/ Canada
Both the United States and Canada have teamed-up to color the immense Niagara Falls green for Saint Patrick’s Day. And for those wondering just how much green food dye that will actually take? Well none, as a matter of fact. Much like the London Eye, the Empire State Building, and the Pyramids in Egypt, the Niagara Falls Illumination Board will use an intricate light display on the falls. Two 15-minute long illuminations will take place at 9 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., EST.
Christ the Redeemer, Brazil
The iconic Christ the Redeemer statue perched high atop Sugar Loaf Mountain in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil will show all kind of Irish charm by going green for the day. The 40-meter-tall statue was an immense, nine-year project that was competed in 1931 and quickly became one of the new wonders of the world.
Green Cookies and Treats, Everywhere
For days, we’ve been seeing green cookies, cakes, chocolates, ice-creams, and pastries as everyone gets into the spirit of Saint Patrick’s Day. Though most places stop selling these as soon as the Irish holiday is over, make sure you take advantage and try a lime-green bonbon or a shamrock-shaped cookie before it’s too late.
The Chicago River, Chicago
For 50 years running, the City of Chicago will dump 40 pounds of dye into its river on St. Patrick’s Day, turning it a glorious shade of emerald green for several hours. In years past, they used to use a manufacturing dye that was mostly employed by plumbers to find leaks in pipes, but now the city has switched to a more environmentally friendly vegetable food coloring.
Wedding Cakes, Everywhere
What to do if you’re tying the knot on Saint Patrick’s Day? Have a green wedding cake, of course! Scores of couples all over the world are holding Saint Paddy’s themed nuptials complete with shamrocks, emerald wedding dresses, and bright green cakes.
The White House Fountain, Washington, D.C.
The fountain on the South Lawn of the White House is also showing some Irish spirit by going green for the day. It’s a tradition dating back to 2009 and the idea came from First Lady Michelle Obama who, inspired by Saint Patrick’s celebrations in her hometown of Chicago, wanted to bring some Irish cheer to the White House too.
N Seoul Tower, Korea
Not one to be left behind, South Korea has decided to join this year’s celebrations by turning its landmark N Seoul Tower on Mount Namsan green. The Irish Embassy says it worked very closely with the Seoul Metropolitan to make this happen, a happy victory for the 1,000 Irish people currently living in South Korea. The tower will be turned green from sunset to midnight to commemorate the holiday.
If you can’t celebrate Saint Patrick’s by dyeing your pool, your dog, or your house green, then show your Irish support by indulging in a Saint Paddy’s favorite — a good old-fashioned green beer, which is pretty much a pint of your favorite lager with some green food coloring added, courtesy of your local Irish pub. It should be easy enough to find one, no matter where you are in the world, but if you feel like even that’s too much effort you could always just dye it green yourself but don’t worry, no one will judge you!