Online registration for the 102nd annual Northern State University Gypsy Day Parade will begin June 1, 2017.
Registration will include a $25 participation fee. The parade is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017, with a start time of 9 a.m.
Parade lineup is based on the order in which online registrations are received. The deadline to enter online is 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 15, 2017. Only individuals or groups that meet the online deadline will receive a block and space assignment. Confirmation letters will be emailed with lineup information approximately one week before the parade.
For more information about the parade and registration process, contact Sarah Botkin, director of student involvement and leadership, at 605-626-3007 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
2016 Parade Awards
Gypsy Award (Best Vehicle Entry) - Aberdeen Exchange BMX
Thunder’s Award (Best Animal Entry) - Happy Tails Equine & K9 Sport Massage
Northern Spirit Award (Best Group Participation) - NSU International Student Club
Northern Pride Award (Best Representation of Theme) - SkateAway
Mayor’s Award (Best Aberdeen Community Entry) - Boys and Girls Club of Aberdeen Area
Chamber Award (Best Aberdeen Area Business Entry) - iHELP-RSLFC
President’s Award (Best Northern State Entry) - Native American Student Association
Best Overall Float - Dial-A-Move
Past parade marshals: 2016: Rod and Glenna Fouberg, staunch NSU supporters; 2014: Ann Eisenbeisz, 50-year NSU employee; 2013: Lester Clarke, former NSU interim president, vice president, dean and professor; 2012: Bob Olson, retired Northern State University athletic director; 2011: Dr. Jack Warner, executive director of the S.D. Board of Regents; 2010: Mary Cundy, Joanna Goetz, and Deanna Mauck, founding master teachers for the NSU Center for Statewide E-learning; 2009: Dr. James Smith, NSU president, and Dr. Connie Ruhl-Smith; 2008: Mike Levsen, Aberdeen mayor and NSU alumnus