What are importanat elements of the opening ceremony of the Hunger Games in The Hunger Games?

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During the Opening Ceremony, the tributes are dressed by stylists in a manner that represents their district's primary role or strength. For example, District 12 provides coal for the Capitol, so its tributes are typically dressed as coal miners. Tributes will ride in chariots in front of the crowd as music plays.

An important element of the 74th Opening Ceremony is the manner in which Katniss and Peeta are dressed. Their stylists designed costumes that appear to be on fire. The significance of the costumes is that District 12 tributes seem to receive more attention from the cameras and the people of the Capitol. Typically, Districts 1 and 2 are the favorites. During the speech by the president and the playing of the anthem, Katniss is aware that she and Peeta continue to receive more attention from the cameras than the other districts.

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The Opening Ceremony of the Hunger Games features several important components that build on the hype and expectation of the games themselves.  The Ceremony opens to music "blasted around the Capitol," and the tributes ride in chariots  through "crowd-lined streets" to the City Circle (68).  The chariots, horses, and tributes are decorated by Capitol stylists to reflect the spirit of each individual District's strengths, culture, or customs. 

As the tributes make their way to the City Circle and the President's mansion, many members of the crowd cheer, but also throw flowers.  Once all the tributes have arrived in front of the President's mansion, the national anthem plays; during that time the cameras catch one final look at each pair of tributes before they return to the Training Center.

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