Slideshow: Celebration processional and grand entrance

Hundreds of Alaska Natives and a handful of other cultural groups gathered for a processional and grand entrance during the first day of Celebration on Wednesday.

The biennial festival of Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian tribal members kicked off on Wednesday with a Ravenstail and Chilkat weavers presentation in Juneau and will end Saturday with a grand exit.

In the interim, dance performances will be held every morning and days will be filled with art exhibits, lectures, film showings, music and language lessons as Alaska Natives in Southeast celebrate.

Here is a selection of images from the grand entrance.

Click on any photo to view the full slideshow.

Live television coverage of Celebration on 360 North and begins at 6 p.m. Wednesday. Celebration coverage continues from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. through Saturday. For more Celebration news coverage, go to

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