Kitimat River goes green for St. Patrick’s Day as tradition continues

With St. Patrick’s Day upon us, Kitimat has continued the tradition of dyeing the Kitimat River green.

The annual event is always met with many cheers from onlookers who wait all year for the special colouring of the local waterway.

“This event really shows that Kitimat is a town that embraces a festive spirit,” said Dan Marley, who enjoys spending afternoons on the river. “It’s just nice, you know, that one day of the year we can all really feel Irish.”

The amazing feat of colouring the Kitimat River occurs when workers up-river pour in thousands of gallons of green dye to create the Irish-inspired effect.

A bonus effect is that fish caught in the river for up to two months following can sometimes be green in colour, and local anglers are said to enjoy one week of good luck if they are to catch such a fish.

When called for comment on the practice of colouring the Kitimat River, a spokesperson for the B.C. Ministry of Environment said, “They do what, now?”