Gypsy Days

Catch Maroon and Gold Fever during homecoming week.
When the leaves turn, something magical happens at Northern. A fever overtakes the campus and spreads throughout the community. It’s called Gypsy Days – a weeklong celebration during NSU homecoming.

Some say it’s the highlight of the whole year as a queen and marshal are crowned and all around Aberdeen, people display their pride in the NSU Wolves. It’s a week of football, volleyball and soccer games that culminates in the annual Gypsy Day Parade – the largest parade in South Dakota.

Make plans to visit NSU during Gypsy Days.



Upcoming Gypsy Days

October 7 - 12, 2019

2019 Theme: "Wolves Live Happily Ever After"

October 5 - 10, 2020 (tentative)

2018 Parade Awards

Gypsy Award (Best Vehicle Entry) - Shriners

Thunder's Award (Best Animal Entry) - Equine Happy Trails #67 and K9 Sports

Northern Spirit Award (Best Group Participation) - Primrose

Northern Pride Award (Best Representation of Theme) - NSU Honors Club

Mayor's Award (Best Aberdeen Community Entry) - Aqua Addicts

Chamber Award (Best Aberdeen Area Business Entry) - Dial–A-Move

President's Award (Best Northern State Entry) - Confucius – International Club

Best Overall Float - Boys and Girls Club

Band Awards - Outstanding Band Award: Aberdeen Central High School

Gold Band Awards: Northwestern, Langford, Hoven, Warner, Watertown, Aberdeen Central, Leola, Ipswich, Roncalli, Groton

Silver Band Awards: Simmons and Holgate middle schools, Edmunds Central, Webster Area High School, Eureka High School, Sully Buttes High School, Redfield High School, Mobridge-Pollock High School

Bronze Band Award: Selby Area High School

Gypsy Days float
Distinguished Alumni


Gypsy Days Distinguished Alumni and Hall of Fame

Alumni Award Nomination Forms

Distinguished Alumni Award Nomination Form

Distinguished Alumni GOLD Award Nomination Form

Athletics Hall of Fame Award

Distinguished Alumni and Hall of Fame Archive








Gypsy Days 2018
Gypsy Days Past
Gypsy Day Parade Float Registration

Online float registration dates for the 105th annual Northern State University Gypsy Day Parade in 2019 are June 3-Sept. 27.


Parade Float Registration


For more information about the parade and registration process, contact Megan Frewaldt, director of student involvement and leadership, at 605-626-3007 or

Gypsy Day Parade Band Registration

Band registration dates for the 105th annual Northern State University Gypsy Day Parade in 2019 are July 1-Oct. 1.


Parade Band Registration


For information, contact Terry Beckler, professor of percussion, at 626-3436 or