ABERDEEN, S.D. – Online registration for the 99th annual Northern State University Gypsy Day Parade will begin at 8 a.m. Tuesday, July 1.
Individuals and groups interested in entering the parade will be able to access the online form by visiting www.northern.edu and clicking on “About,” “Gypsy Days” and “Parade.” A direct link is HERE. Registration will include a $25 participation fee. The parade is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 4, with a start time of 9 a.m.
This year’s parade theme is “Gypsies in Hollywood,” which will provide participants a wide array of options for float decoration. A panel of six judges, comprised of Northern State and local community leaders, will present awards in the following categories:
• Best Overall Float
• President’s Award (best Northern State University entry)
• Mayor’s Award (best Aberdeen area community entry)
• Chamber Award (best Aberdeen Area business entry)
• Northern Pride Award (best representation of theme)
• Northern Spirit Award (best group participation and spirit)
• Thunder’s Award (best entry featuring live animals)
• Gypsy Award (best vehicle entry)
Parade lineup is based on the order in which online registrations are received. The deadline to enter online is 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19. Only those 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.
Individuals or groups that register after Sept. 19 must do so in person at the Office of Student Involvement and Leadership, in the NSU Student Center. A late fee will apply for all registrations after 5 p.m. Sept. 19.
For more information about the parade and registration process, contact Clayton Kolb, director of student involvement and leadership, at 605-626-3007 or firstname.lastname@example.org.