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St. Patricks Day Flash mob erupts in Australia -- video

March 17, 2011 |  6:48 am

Chicago River turned Green for St Patricks Day

Anyone who thinks St. Patrick's Day is not a political occasion is probably not from Boston or Chicago, where the not-so-wee Daley clan has ruled for 42 of the last 56 years.

Today will be the last presided over by a Mayor Richard Daley for a long while. He retires next month (but his brother William remains as White House chief of staff) to be replaced by former Obama aide, Rahm Emanuel, who is not Irish.

Not coincidentally, during his father's rule in 1962, city crews were deploying safe green dye to trace for sources of river pollution.

And, wouldn't ye know, Paddy, it looked such a lovely shade of green, that they've done it every March 17 since.

This morning we have a special St. Patrick's Day treat for Ticket readers. It's actually a new video fresh from Sydney, Australia.

Click for yourself. And enjoy the day.

-- Andrew Malcolm

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