When the Gourd Dancing was brought to a close, a short break was given to prepare for the Grand Entrance Ceremony. We watched as participants scurried around gathering flags and putting the finishing touches on their costumes.
The Grand Entrance Ceremony was indeed grand. There were probably upwards of 100 participants in the ceremony, children and adults alike. Again, as we'd seen in the Gourd Dancing, costumes varied -- some quite elaborately Native American, some a mixture of traditional and modern day, and some simply modern, every day dress.
The ceremony consisted of a march/dance around the sacred circle led by flag bearers and a prayer. It was quite impressive.