Wolves will celebrate ‘Howling 2020s’ this fall

Gypsy Day Parade

ABERDEEN, S.D. – This fall, Northern State University Wolves will celebrate the “Howling 2020s” during homecoming week.

Homecoming takes place Sept. 21-26 at Northern, with the 106th annual Gypsy Day Parade set for Saturday, Sept. 26, at 9 a.m. Parade registration begins June 1. Entrants will decorate their float base on the “Howling 2020s” theme, and a panel of judges comprised of Northern and 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)
  • Throwback Award (best entry using a previous parade float)

Royalty Candidates

Along with the theme, Northern has also announced the 2020 Homecoming royalty candidates:


  • Molly Kueter, Brandon
  • Sarah Schafer, Flasher, N.D.
  • Livia Wallace, Pipestone, Minn.
  • Molly Walter, Monticello, Minn.
  • Kylie Werner, Sioux Falls


  • Kelson Brewer, Stanwood, Wash.
  • Parker Heger, Underwood, N.D.
  • Judah McKinley, Pierre
  • Eduardo Mendoza, Cochabamba, Bolivia
  • Cory Weeks, Watertown

Learn More

For more information about the parade and registration process, visit NSU Homecoming, or contact the NSU Student Affairs office at 605-626-3007 or homecoming@northern.edu.

About Northern State University

Northern State University is a regional university that offers outstanding academics and exceptional extracurricular activities at an affordable price on a safe, welcoming campus. Northern State recently announced its Educational Impact Campaign with a goal of raising $55 million for a new South Dakota School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, new athletic and recreation fields, and an on-campus regional sports complex. Once the campaign is complete, NSU will be the recipient of more than $100 million in privately funded building projects and scholarships within a decade. To learn more, visit NSU Admissions.