The Day Thousands Of Rubber Ducks Float Down The Chicago River

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rubber ducks
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The Day Thousands Of Rubber Ducks Float Down The Chicago River

Chicagoans know their river for its many colors — blue on a good day, green for St. Paddy’s and yellow for Special Olympics Illinois’ Windy City Rubber Ducky Derby.

The annual fundraiser lets people “adopt” a duck and enter the race down the river for $5, with better chances if you bulk up and get a Quack Pack (6 ducks) or a Flock of Ducks (24 ducks).

Fingers crossed our duck is a winner! Stop by to benefit @specialolympicsillinois #chiduckyderby 🐤

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And it’s a lot of ducks.

When all of them get dumped into the river, it’s a brightly colored, goofy site to behold.

Chicago’s #duckderby2016 😎 #chicagoriver #sofun!!! 60,000 #rubberduckys

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The ducks that float the fastest win prizes for their adoptive parents.

And all the other ducks can rest easy knowing their adoptive parents know they tried.