EDITOR’S NOTE: You can catch the dyeing of the Chicago River live on our livestream at the top of this story. 

St. Patrick’s Day weekend always draws raucous crowds and jubilant celebrations throughout the city, and the festivities got underway on Saturday with the dyeing of the Chicago River.

If you couldn’t make it downtown for the big event, don’t fret. NBC 5 Chicago has a livestream of the ceremony at the top of this page so that you don’t miss any of the action!

Timelapse: Chicago River Turns Green for St. Patrick’s DayTimelapse: Chicago River Turns Green for St. Patrick's Day

The annual tradition kicked off early, beginning at 9 a.m. on Saturday. Crowds gathered along Wacker Drive from Chicago to State Street for the popular event, as Chicago Plumbers Union Local 130 workers turned the river a beautiful shade of green for the big day.

There will be plenty of other St. Patrick’s Day happenings across the city this weekend, and we’ve recapped all of it for you as you prepare for the big weekend:

11 Ways to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day 2019 in Chicago11 Ways to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day 2019 in Chicago

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