Go Maroon and Gold during homecoming week!

When the leaves turn, something magical happens at Northern. A feeling of excitement and energy overtakes the campus and spreads throughout the community. It’s called Gypsy Days – a weeklong celebration during each fall.

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, swimming and soccer games that culminates in the annual Gypsy Day Parade – the largest parade in South Dakota.


We look forward to hosting our students, alumni, families and the community for homecoming. Go Wolves!


Gypsy Day parade

Oct. 7, 2023


Homecoming Week

Oct. 1-8, 2023





2022 parade winners

Three people holding awards stand in front of a Primrose sign on a wall

2022 Gypsy Day Parade Float Winners:

  • Best Overall Float (best group participation and overall theme representation): Primrose
  • Second Best Overall: Blank Canvas Salon
  • Third Best Overall: Aberdeen Swim Club
  • Northern Spirit Award (best Northern internal group participation): NSU Honors Program
  • Thunder’s Award (best animal entry): Dirksen Organic Beef


Best Overall Band: Aberdeen Central High School



Full Results

Photo Gallery
2022 Royalty


Kelson Brewer and Livia Wallace

Queen Maray Larson (left) and Marshal Drew Veflin

Homecoming royalty

From left: Laurie Rogers, Elizabeth Votava, Taren Tschetter, Kaitlyn Morrison, Queen Maray Larson, Marshal Drew Veflin, Sam Masten, Isaiah Nolan, Laine Converse and Dylan Eckart

Parade Band Registration

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For parade band registration information, contact nsuparade@northern.edu.

Parade Float Registration

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For more information about parade registration, contact Justin Fraase, vice president for enrollment, communications and marketing, at 605-626-7747 or communications@northern.edu.

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