Gypsy Days

Catch Maroon and Gold Fever during Gypsy Days.
When the leaves turn, something magical happens at NSU. 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.



2018 Gypsy Day Parade

Theme: 'Wolves at the Movies'


9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018



2018 Schedule of Events

Sept. 23
5 p.m.
Coronation practice
JFAC Theater
2-6 p.m.
Wolves on the Green
Residential Quad
Sept. 24
7 p.m.
Royalty Meet and Greet - Trivia style game night featuring questions about movies that premiered before 2000. Appetizer wings will be available.
Centennial Rooms
Sept. 25
8 p.m.
Movie at the Pool - "Amityville Horror"
Barnett Center Pool
Sept. 26
11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Lunch for a Buck - Walking tacos for $1
Student Center
11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Tie-dye T-shirts from Awarewolves
Campus Green
7 p.m.
Dodgeball Tournament - Channel your favorite player from the movie "Dodgeball"
Dacotah Gym
Sept. 27
NSU Foundation Annual Meeting/Community Luncheon
Student Center Centennial Rooms
1 p.m.
Great Plains East and Great Plains West Ribbon Cutting
Great Plains residence halls
4 p.m.
Office Decorating Competition Judging
7 p.m.
Johnson Fine Arts Center
7 p.m.
Bonfire Bash: Bonfire and The Junction food truck
Barnett Center Parking Lot
9 p.m.
Live Band Concert and Dance
Barnett Center Parking Lot/Rain site: JFAC Black Box Theater
Sept. 28
11:30 a.m.
50-Year Club Reunion Lunch
Student Center Centennial Rooms
3 p.m.
Athletic and Recreation Fields
5 p.m.
Hall of Fame Banquet
Ramkota Hotel
6 p.m.
Volleyball - Dress as your favorite movie character
Barnett Center
7 p.m.
Football, Baseball, Women's Basketball and Wrestling Reunions
Ramkota Hotel
Sept. 29
7:15 a.m.
President's Breakfast
Barnett Center Lobby
8 a.m.
Steps for Shep 5K Walk/Run
Barnett Center
9 a.m.
Gypsy Day Parade
Main Street Aberdeen
10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Bands on the Green
Campus Green
NSU Alumni and Friends Tailgate
Clark Swisher Activities Complex
2:30 p.m.
Football - Hall of Fame introductions during halftime
Clark Swisher Activities Complex
6 p.m.
Barnett Center
Sept. 30
1 p.m.
Athletic and Recreation Fields
2017 Parade Awards

Gypsy Award (Best Vehicle Entry) - Yelduz Shriners

Thunder's Award (Best Animal Entry) - Happy Tails Equine & K9

Northern Spirit Award (Best Group Participation) - Aberdeen BMX/Exchange

Northern Pride Award (Best Representation of Theme) - Primrose Retirement Communities

Mayors Award (Best Aberdeen Community Entry) - South Dakota School for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Chamber Award (Best Aberdeen Area Business Entry) - CorTrust

President's Award (Best Northern State Entry) - International Students Club/Confucius Institute

Best Overall Float - Dial-A-Move

Band Awards - Outstanding Band Award: Aberdeen Central High School

Gold Band Awards: Aberdeen Central, Langford, Leola, Hoven, Watertown, Aberdeen Roncalli, Warner, Sully Buttes, Elkton, Groton, Menno, Milbank

Silver Band Awards: Holgate/Simmons middle schools, Northwestern, Ipswich, Edmunds Central, Britton-Hecla, Eureka

Bronze Band Award: Redfield

2017 Gypsy Days Royalty
Andy Brelu-Brelu and Taylor EllingsonShown are 2017 Gypsy Days Marshal Andy Brelu-Brelu (left) and Queen Taylor Ellingson.
2017 Gypsy Days royalty candidates are, from left: Zack North, Katie Cosman, Pedram Homa, Sierra Bivens, Andy Brelu-Brelu, Taylor Ellingson, Blake Perryman, Elsa Swanson, D.J. Pollard and Molly Royals.
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 2017
Gypsy Days Past
Gypsy Day Parade Float Registration

Online float registration dates for the 103rd annual Northern State University Gypsy Day Parade will be from June 1-Sept. 14, 2018.

Registration will include a $25 participation fee. The parade is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018, with a start time of 9 a.m.


Parade lineup is based on the order in which online registrations are received.  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 Megan Frewaldt, director of student involvement and leadership, at 605-626-3007 or


Parade Float Registration

Gypsy Day Parade Band Registration

Band registration dates for the 103rd annual Northern State University Gypsy Day Parade will be from June 1-Sept. 21, 2018.


Register Your Band