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Milwaukee River dyed green to celebrate Bucks’ playoff run

April 12, 2019
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A boat helps mix green dye poured into the Milwaukee River in Milwaukee, Wisc., Friday, April 12, 2019. City and team officials turned the river green to celebrate the Milwaukee Bucks and the team's color as they head into the NBA playoffs seeded number one in the Eastern Conference. (AP Photo/Carrie Antlfinger)
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A boat helps mix green dye poured into the Milwaukee River in Milwaukee, Wisc., Friday, April 12, 2019. City and team officials turned the river green to celebrate the Milwaukee Bucks and the team's color as they head into the NBA playoffs seeded number one in the Eastern Conference. (AP Photo/Carrie Antlfinger)

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The river in downtown Milwaukee has been turned green — on purpose.

It’s not algae but a dye that has given the Milwaukee River an eye-popping bright green hue to celebrate the Milwaukee Bucks and the team’s color as they head into the NBA playoffs seeded No. 1 in the Eastern Conference.

Mayor Tom Barrett and Bucks President Peter Feigin watched from a bridge Friday as boats crisscrossed the river shooting green dye into the water. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources was on hand to provide assurances the dye won’t cause any environmental damage or make waterfowl sick.

The Bucks have numerous activities planned for the first round, including watch parties on the plaza in front of Fiserv Forum. The Bucks host the Detroit Pistons for Game 1 on Sunday evening.

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