WBEZ | derby http://www.wbez.org/tags/derby Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Duck. Duck... Rubber duckies swarm Chicago River by the thousands for Special Olympics fundraiser http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/2011-08-11/duck-duck-rubber-duckys-swarm-chicago-river-thousands-special-olympic <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-August/2011-08-11/P1020572.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>The annual Windy City Rubber Ducky Derby dumped more than 30,000 rubber ducks into the Chicago River in an effort to raise money for the Illinois Special Olympics on Thursday.</p><p>The event attracts crowds to the river, without having to dye it green. &nbsp;Chicago's Metropolitan Water Reclamation District assisted the annual summer event, where on-lookers can sponsor a duck and possibly win prizes.</p><p>A little after 1 p.m., half of the Columbus Drive bridge was raised and a du(ck)mp truck dumped the yellow critters donning sunglasses on the bright, and clear-skied day. &nbsp;The ducks were coaxed with a fire hose and a long floating boom to the finishing line at the Michigan Avenue bridge.</p><p><em>Photos by Elliott Ramos</em></p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-August/2011-08-11/P1020540.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 282px;" title=""></p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-August/2011-08-11/P1020546.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 282px;" title=""></p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-August/2011-08-11/P1020556.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 746px;" title=""></p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-August/2011-08-11/P1020568.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 282px;" title=""></p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-August/2011-08-11/P1020574.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 311px;" title=""></p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-August/2011-08-11/P1020575.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 282px;" title=""></p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-August/2011-08-11/P1020576.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 282px;" title=""></p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-August/2011-08-11/P1020579.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 282px;" title=""></p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-August/2011-08-11/P1020588.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 282px;" title=""></p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-August/2011-08-11/P1020590.jpg" title="" width="450" height="796"></p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Thu, 11 Aug 2011 18:20:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/2011-08-11/duck-duck-rubber-duckys-swarm-chicago-river-thousands-special-olympic