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Brier 2016: The many traditions

From pin trading to mascots, the Brier curling tournament is full of long-standing traditions.

After nearly 90 years, this tournament is still a fan favourite

The Brier is packed with traditions: fans dressing up, pin trading, the Patch, mascots and more. Twitter/CurlingCanada, Reuters/Chris Wattie (Twitter/CurlingCanada, Reuters/Chris Wattie)

The first Brier was in 1927, way back before you could even watch curling on your phone, but there are a few traditions that have stood the test of time.

Curling fans from far and wide gather for this long-standing event and boy did they ever show up in Ottawa.

When fans aren't enthralled by the action within the arena, they make their way over to the The Patch where the party is bumpin'. Where better than to have a beer and meet some of your favourite athletes?

Now-a-days most sporting events have mascots, but Brier Bear, Reg Caughie, has been around for over 30 years!

Much like the Olympics, the Brier has a tradition of pin trading. A big part of that tradition is pin trader Curly Walz, who has attended over 40 Brier tournaments.

Fans come from all over the country dressed in their "traditional" provincial garb to represent in full force.

Some just participate for the fun of it…

…while others take the theme very seriously.

Northern Ontario fans believe in true commitment #FearTheBeard  

Even P.E.I. skip Adam Casey gets into the fashion game.

At the end of the day, nothing beats the excitement of good ol' fashioned curling and the Brier did not disappoint. 

What's your favourite Brier tradition? Let us know in our poll.

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