The 74th Victory Tour featured the 74th Hunger Games' two victors, Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark. It began in District 11, cycled through all of the other districts, and ended in District 12, Katniss and Peeta's home district.
The 74th Hunger Games victors Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark were featured on the tour. They were accompanied by their mentor, Haymitch Abernathy; their escort, Effie Trinket; their stylists, Cinna and Portia, and their prep team, Katniss' consisting of Flavius, Octavia, and Venia.
District 11 was the first stop in the nation-wide victory tour. Katniss noted on her way in how high the watchtowers were, how great the security was, how scarce the people were, and how shabby the houses looked (even compared to those in the Seam).
After leaving the train, the team and victors were forced into an armored truck. Once they arrived at the Town Square, they realized that only a very small portion of the town was present; most of the rest were completing the harvest. A small platform was erected at the bottom of the stage for the dead tributes' families.
Peeta says some words about Rue and Thresh and then adds that Katniss and himself would be giving each of the families one month of their tribute winnings for the duration of their lives. Katniss then says a few words. She actually went before Peeta but felt guilty about leaving Rue and Thresh out of her speech after Rue's sister gives her a reproachful look. Katniss then gives a sentimental speech that seemed a bit rebellious. After Katniss' speech, an old man dressed in overalls whistles the four-note Mockingjay tune that Rue would sing to symbolize the end of the working day. Everyone in the crowd uses the District 12 respect sign and then points them in the direction of Katniss, a District 12 ritual to show admiration and respect. Katniss is then hurried inside and claims she left her bouquet of flowers outside. She then walks onto the veranda to find two Peacekeepers forcing the old man who whistled the tune on to his knees and then shooting a bullet into his head in front of the crowd. Two bullets ring out moments afterwards, and Katniss suspects that either one of Rue's sisters or Thresh's grandmother has been made an example of what would happen if anyone else did something rebellious. Katniss then proceeds to the train feeling horrified and angry at herself.
Districts 10 through 4 were part of the same routine Katniss and Peeta did in District 11 with the exemption that the Victory Speech was the one provided by the Capitol and no personal remarks were made. Districts 8, 4 and 3 cheered Katniss' name in vengeance and fury rather than a celebration. In District 6, Katniss read her speech saying that the tributes from that district fought like real warriors. Katniss wore a green dress in District 5, which Annie Cresta, a District 4 victor, later wore to her wedding.
District 3, on the Victory Tour, is shown in Catching Fire. The families of the tributes were seen. For the District 3 male, only one woman was on stage, who is presumed to be his mother. For the District 3 female, four family members attended. District 3 was mentioned to be one of the districts that cheered for Katniss as a sign of rebellion.
District 2 was hard for Katniss as Clove and Cato, District 2's tributes for that year, could have made it home together if it wasn't for Katniss and Peeta. The two avoided eye contact with their families. In District 2, Katniss wore a deep blue velvet dress with diamonds.
The Capitol appearance kicks off with the victor interviews. During this interview, Peeta, to the delight of the people of the Capitol, publicly proposed to Katniss. Katniss had suggested this, but Peeta was quite upset as he wanted it to be real. President Coriolanus Snow made a surprise appearance to congratulate Peeta and Katniss on their engagement. During the appearance, Snow hinted to Katniss that she failed to convince him. The Victory Dinner was held in the president's mansion. The roof had been transformed to look like the night sky, just like it looked in District 12. Katniss tried to eat some of each of the never ending line of exquisite dishes, but failed after ten tables. Flavius handed Peeta a small bottle of clear liquid, which would make him vomit in order to empty his stomach and eat more food, but this disgusts the two victors and Peeta refuses.
Katniss discovered that her Mockingjay pin had become a fashion accessory in the Capitol, and a variety of items had been crafted into its likeness. Portia, Peeta's stylist, introduced the victors to Plutarch Heavensbee, who then showed Katniss his Mockingjay hologram watch and said his Gamemaker's meeting starts at midnight, giving Katniss a clue about the upcoming games, although she doesn't realize at the time. Heavensbee later tells her that he wanted to gain her trust.
The celebrations in the winning tribute's district always happen on the last day of the Harvest Festival. Since the Capitol threw the event, the entire district had full stomachs that night, something that rarely happens. Katniss went to Mayor Undersee's house to prepare herself for the dinner. While in his office, she heard of the uprising that was occurring in District 8 on his television.
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- Catching Fire, Chapter 5
- Mockingjay, Chapter 16
- The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
- Catching Fire, Chapter 15
- Catching Fire, Chapter 6