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Teens continue NCYC trading tradition on the West Coast

From top hats to turkeys, from crowns to cows, one could be forgiven for thinking the packs of teens sporting odd caps and headbands were attending a hat convention rather than a religious one.

Surely, it was a focus on Jesus Christ that brought nearly 3,000 young people to the Long Beach Convention Center Nov. 10-12 for this year’s National Catholic Youth Conference (NCYC). The event’s main agenda included Catholic speakers, workshops, eucharistic adoration and Mass. But there was a secondary agenda on the minds of this year’s participants: a high-stakes game of hat trading.

It begins with attendees showing off creative headwear referencing their respective home diocese or state. Montana teens strolled in with Big Sky Country cowboy hats, while a group from Washington donned the requisite rain hats. Local teens wore halos to represent the City of Angels, while packing two extras provided for trading purposes.

Read full article on Angelus News.