FANS IN COSTUME AND WAITING
Getting ready was filled with anxiety and excitement. We packed up our tents and exited Tent City at 6am, as requested by Nokia, so they could set up for the red carpet, which was to start at 5pm that day. Luckily, I had met some friends who had a hotel room across the street and they were gracious enough to let me use their shower. Showers are a good thing, especially when you plan on meeting several actors and take pictures with them.
My friends are I were scheduled to be in line by 3pm so they could situate us around the barriers that lined up the red carpet in a U-turn path for the actors. The friends that had the hotel room were a mother and daughter team, Nancy and Taylor, that flew all the way from Baltimore, Maryland specifically for the world premiere. You might have seen them in many pictures of the fans there because they were two of only three people that I’ve seen go in costume for the event.
I found another girl, Kacie, dressed up as a Capitol Citizen. I’m pretty sure that the sequel will bring out more Capitol fashion on the next premiere.
Not to be left out, these girl scouts sported some signage of their own:
The line was buzzing, but it was only the beginning.
Lionsgate had handed out numbers (which they really should’ve done in order from the beginning on Sunday morning) that represented our place in the lineup along the barriers of the red carpet. I was #34 getting into Tent City, and then ended up being #124 in the barrier lineup. It was a slight issue that I hope will be rectified for the sequels.
After a bit of adjusting ourselves against the barrier, it was just a waiting game. Some of us were actually on the second row of bleachers, but I shimmied my way into the first row, right against the railing. Don’t ask me how, because I had two rows of people to get through. One thing to know is that I did not shove my way in… well, not really. We were all very courteous towards each other, and it paid off immensely. The people in front of me actually wanted to switch with me since they wanted the higher vantage point. I for one, wanted to get up there!
A couple of girls behind us on the bleachers sported these amazing fan-made purses with images of Peeta on both sides. I actually wanted one myself after seeing how wonderful they looked:
Fans on one side of the barrier and the press on the other side of the barrier, we were both ready and waiting. The actors and celebrities would be walking the black carpet that spaced the gap between us. It was buzzing with excitement, more so from our side than the press side, obviously. We were ready.