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.

Northern State University Homecoming Week and Gypsy Day Parade are the highlight of the year in Aberdeen, South Dakota, as the king and queen are crowned, and the Northern campus and community display their pride in the NSU Wolves. The week includes a variety of Wolves games and other events and 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

Saturday, Oct. 5 | Starts at 9 a.m.


Homecoming Week Celebration

Monday, Sept. 30 - Sunday, Oct. 6



2024 theme TBA


2023 Homecoming Royalty


Clayton Randall and Kayla Jensen

Homecoming King Clayton Randall and Queen Kayla Jensen

Homecoming royalty stand in a group on stage

Homecoming royalty and candidates, from left: Jeremy Sommer, Dylan Grundstrom, Cody Brouwer, Augustin Reede, Clayton Randall, Kayla Jensen, Aunna Cloos, Gabriella Dimatteo, Madelyn Gonzales, Jordan Hermansen

Photo Gallery

Parade Results

Float Results

First place: Aberdeen Family YMCA

Second place: Kessler’s Grocery

Third place: Aberdeen Gymnastics Association

Northern Spirit Award: NSU Honors Program

Thunder Award: Dirkson Organic Beef Farm

Band Results

Aberdeen Central: Gold

Aberdeen Roncalli: Gold

Bowdle School: Silver

Edmunds Central High School: Silver

Eureka High School: Silver

Groton High School: Gold

Holgate and Simmons Middle School: Silver

Hoven High School: Silver

Leola School: Gold

Miller High School: Silver

Mobridge Pollock: Bronze

Northwestern Area: Silver

Sully Buttes: Gold

Warner High School: Gold

Watertown: Gold

Best Overall Band: Aberdeen Central High School

Gypsy Day Parade Float Registration

Check back for 2024 float registration. See you at the parade!

Gypsy Day Parade Band Registration

Check back for 2024 band registration. See you at the parade!

Alumni Events

Northern State University alumni events take place throughout homecoming week.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us at homecoming@northern.edu.