Rubber Ducky Derby Kicks Off Thursday

Watch the livestream of the Windy City Rubber Ducky Derby right here.

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Editor's Note: NBC Chicago will stream the Windy City Rubber Ducky Derby live right here starting at 1 p.m. CT.

Get ready. More than 60,000 ducks are making a splash in the Chicago River for the 9th annual Windy City Rubber Ducky Derby Thursday at the Columbus Drive Bridge.

Participants buy rubber ducks to support training for Young Athletes and the Special Olympics and compete for prizes such as a 2014 Chevy Equinox and an all-inclusive Apple vacation. The duck race starts at 1 p.m.

Proceeds from the derby help nearly 21,500 Special Olympics athletes and more than 18,500 young athletes throughout Illinois. Participants can buy ducks for $5 each, a quack pack of six ducks for $25 or a flock of 24 ducks for $100.

Beginning at 10 a.m., families can enjoy entertainment from the Radio Disney Team and several sports mascots at The Wrigley Building, 400 N. Michigan Ave.

Can't make it to the event? Watch the livestream online here.

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