Spectators should always stand and remove their hats during
the Grand Entry, the flag songs and invocation that follow.
The Grand Entry is a feature event of every Pow Wow. It is a parade
of color and sound that signifies the opening of each session
of the Pow Wow. Usually, there are two Grand Entries a day at
Pow Wows. During the Grand Entry, contestants have the opportunity
to score points. All competing dancers are required to take part.
At many Pow Wows, the dancers will lose points or risk elimination
if they fail to take part in the Grand Entry.
The procession begins with the presentation of colors. First,
the eagle staff is carried into the "arbor," or inside of the circle. The American
flag, state flag and tribal flag follow this. Any visiting "royalty" (queens
or princesses from other various tribal pageants) enter, and
other invited dignitaries come next.