A group of people following solemnly behind, whether they're a celebrity's handlers or a funeral procession, is a cortege.

A movie star may have a cortege of hair stylists, assistants, and agents—you can also call this an entourage or a retinue. A funeral procession, the group of mourners that walks or rides in cars to a cemetery, is another kind of cortege. The French source, cortège, means "train of attendants," from the Italian corte, "court," and the Latin root cohors, "retinue."

Definitions of cortege
  1. noun
    the group following and attending to some important person
    synonyms: entourage, retinue, suite
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    court, royal court
    the family and retinue of a sovereign or prince
    type of:
    assemblage, gathering
    a group of persons together in one place
  2. noun
    a funeral procession
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    type of:
    the group action of a collection of people or animals or vehicles moving ahead in more or less regular formation
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