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" (princesses from other various tribal pageants) enter, and other invited dignitaries come next.