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Capitol Chariot Ride

Chariot rides

Before entering the Training Center for the first time, tributes for the Hunger Games were required to ride chariots in a procession through the Capitol. This event, known as the "Tribute Parade", was very important because it was a chance for the tributes to make an impression on the citizens of the Capitol, and thus attract potential sponsors. This was also the first time the Capitol audience would see the tributes in person, and it would give them an idea of what to expect from each district's competitors.

To show their approval, the audience would cheer for the tributes they liked, sometimes even throwing small objects in admiration (in her first parade, Katniss Everdeen caught a rose thrown by an audience member).[1] To make a good impression, most tributes would smile and wave and appear friendly, but other tactics could be employed: for the 75th Hunger Games, Katniss and Peeta were instructed to appear aloof and uncompromising, as if the entire event was beneath them; this also made quite an impression on the audience.

The chariots were typically decorated to reflect the traits of each district's industry, and it was required that the districts enter the procession in numerical order, starting with District 1 and finishing with District 12.

Chariot costumes

In addition to the chariots being decorated to reflect each district's industry, the tributes themselves were outfitted in costumes that performed the same task. These costumes were typically the first outfit that a tribute's stylist would design for them, and they could take innumerable forms, depending on the stylist's skill level, techniques, and what kind of image they wanted to project.

Note: in many cases, the chariots costumes were not specifically described in the novels or directly seen in the films. In such cases, the following descriptions have been drawn from various sources, including various online images and tie-in materials such as The Hunger Games Tribute Guide, and cited where possible.

The 50th Hunger Games

District 12 - Mining

  • Book: While viewing recordings of previous Hunger Games, Katniss' notices that Haymitch Abernathy and Maysilee Donner were dressed in the district's typical coal miner outfits.[2]

The 74th Hunger Games

Chariot Rides

Chariot rides

District 1 - Luxury

  • Book: Glimmer and Marvel had their bodies spray-painted silver and were dressed in "tasteful tunics" decorated with jewels. Their chariot was drawn by white horses.[3]
  • Film: Glimmer wore a large, pink feather headdress and a long dress with a pink feather cape. She also had feathery shoulder treatment.[4] Marvel wore a shiny tunic which also had a pink feather cape.[5]

District 2 - Masonry

  • Film: Cato and Clove wore gold gladiator-style costumes.

District 3 - Technology

  • Film: The tributes wore costumes made of shiny silver mesh, along with headdresses whose complex configuration of shapes mimicked the inner workings of electronics.[6][7][8]

District 4 - Fishing

  • Film: The tributes wore long tunics/gowns made of layers of fabric in various shades of blue (presumably representing waves).[9][10] The outfits were secured at their shoulders with pins shaped like starfish, and they wore elaborate crowns decorated with pearls.[11]

District 5 - Power

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The 74th Hunger Games outfits.

  • Film: Foxface and her partner wore shiny and flashy silver costumes that represented their District's main export, power and electricity.[12][13]

District 6 - Transportation

  • Film: The tributes were dressed in a costume that resembled a moon. They had a crescent moon-shaped head piece that curved around their face.

District 7 - Lumber

  • Book: Johanna Mason mentions in Catching Fire that tributes from District 7 had been dressed as trees for the past 40 years of Hunger Games,[14] so it can be assumed that these tributes wore some variation of that theme.
  • Film: The tributes wore elaborately ruffled white costumes and headdresses made of folded white paper,[15][16][11] similar to origami.

District 8 - Textiles

  • Film: The tributes wore costumes of various blue and pink fabrics possibly inspired by the fabric laden outfits that medieval jesters wore.[17][18]

District 9 - Grain

  • Film: The tributes wore body suits with rows of silver and gold to represent fields of grain, and they wore silver half circles behind their head.

District 10 - Livestock

  • Film: The tributes wore gold and white cowboy-themed costumes.

District 11 - Agriculture

  • Film: Rue and Thresh were dressed in farmer-like costumes, with silver branches as their headpiece.

District 12 - Mining

  • Book: Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark made an impression by wearing black unitards, paired with flaming capes and headdresses to give an impression of burning coal. This was how Katniss got her nickname, 'the Girl on Fire'.[3]

The 75th Hunger Games

In the 75th Hunger Games, some of the other stylists had taken note of Katniss and Peeta's entrance the previous year, and copied the idea of illuminating their district's tributes. The notable outfits worn were:

District 2 - Masonry

  • Film: Brutus and Enobaria wore gladiator-like outfits, as stated by Trish Summerville in the official movie companion.

District 3 - Technology

  • Book: Beetee and Wiress wore outfits studded with electric lights. Of all the other stylists' attempts to illuminate their tributes, this one made the most sense in Katniss' view.[14]

District 4 - Fishing

  • Book: Finnick Odair was always admired for his beauty in the Capitol, and his stylist clearly wanted to make him appear as desirable and handsome as possible. He was draped in a golden fishnet strategically knotted at groin, to avoid him appearing completely naked.[14]
  • Film: Finnick was shirtless and wore a short, kilt-like garment made of golden fish pelts, along with a pair of heavy boots. He also wore two necklaces: a shorter one made of what looked like seed pearls in a dark, bluish-green color, and longer one with what looked like a cross-sectioned slice of seashell on the end of a cord.

District 6 - Transportation

  • Film: The Morphlings wore dark and gothic clothing with light patterns to represent their addiction to morphling, as stated by Trish Summerville in the official movie companion.

District 7 - Lumber

Johanna tree dress

Johanna in her chariot dress.

  • Book: Johanna Mason was dressed as a tree and wore a headress made of leafy branches, though she removed the outfit after the chariot ride and wore only her green slippers as she rode up in the elevator with Katniss, Peeta, and Haymitch.[14]
  • Film: Johanna was still a tree, but instead of wearing a headress, she wore hair extensions that were pulled into a bun behind her head. The outfit consisted of a green bodysuit patterned like tree bark, a leather corset, spiked bracelets, and stiletto-heeled shoes. Blight was dressed in a green bodysuit with a leather vest.

District 8 - Textiles

  • Film: The tributes of District 8 carry outfits of opposite colors: black and white. Cecelia seems to wear a long black dress with broad sons on the handles. Whereas Woof is dressed in beige trousers clearly and of a wide gray shirt with sons attached to its shoulders which hang.

District 9 - Grain

  • Book: The tributes from District 9 were dressed as loaves of bread.[19]
  • Film: In the film, they are seen to be dressed in gold outfits that represent the golden fields of grain.

District 10 - Livestock

Katniss and Peeta

Katniss and Peeta entering.

  • Book: The tributes of District 10 wore cow outfits with flaming belts, an ensemble which greatly bemused Katniss. She also thought that it was an attempt by the stylists to copy Cinna's designs from the previous year.[14]
  • Film: The District 10 female is wearing a greek goddess gown. It starts with a dark blue on the top and slowly turning lighter at the bottom, with a white cape. The District 10 male could be seen wearing a toga. It is unclear how this relates to livestock and animal husbandry work.

District 11 - Agriculture

  • Film: Seeder wears a purple bodysuit with a wreath of violet flowers. Chaff wears a similar yellow one but with a wreath of corn.

District 12 - Mining

  • Book: Peeta Mellark and Katniss Everdeen wore outfits with crowns similar to the crowns they received when they were crowned victors, except black and the outfits are described as looking like a glowing ember from inside a fireplace.[14]

References

  1. The Hunger Games, Chapter 5
  2. Catching Fire, Chapter 14
  3. 3.0 3.1 The Hunger Games, Chapter 5
  4. http://www.polyvore.com/74th_hunger_games_tribute_parade/set?id=114073826
  5. http://www.polyvore.com/74th_hunger_games_tribute_parade/set?id=114073883
  6. The Hunger Games Tribute Guide, Page 87
  7. http://www.polyvore.com/74th_hunger_games_tribute_parade/set?id=114074452
  8. http://www.polyvore.com/74th_hunger_games_tribute_parade/set?id=114074621
  9. http://www.polyvore.com/74th_hunger_games_tribute_parade/set?id=114074727
  10. http://www.polyvore.com/74th_hunger_games_tribute_parade/set?id=114074906
  11. 11.0 11.1 The Hunger Games Tribute Guide, Page 89
  12. http://www.polyvore.com/74th_hunger_games_tribute_parade/set?id=114075036
  13. http://www.polyvore.com/74th_hunger_games_tribute_parade/set?id=114075126
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 14.3 14.4 14.5 Catching Fire, Chapter 15
  15. http://www.polyvore.com/74th_hunger_games_tribute_parade/set?id=114075519
  16. http://www.polyvore.com/74th_hunger_games_tribute_parade/set?id=114075636
  17. http://www.polyvore.com/74th_hunger_games_tribute_parade/set?id=114075832
  18. http://www.polyvore.com/74th_hunger_games_tribute_parade/set?id=114075986
  19. Catching Fire, Chapter 16
  • District 12 in the chariot rides
  • District 12 in the chariot rides
  • District 12 in the chariot rides
  • Katniss and Peeta wearing their chariot costumes
  • District 12's costumes in flames
  • District 12's costumes in flames
  • District 12's costumes in flames
  • District 12 in the chariot rides
  • District 9 at the chariot rides.
  • President Snow watching the Tribute Parade

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