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, 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 Gypsy Days 2020. Due to COVID-19, we anticipate the potential need for several precautions and accommodations. We will communicate with you as the homecoming date approaches. In the meantime, stay well and Go Wolves!



Upcoming homecoming Events


Parade: 9 a.m. Sept. 26, 2020

Theme: "Howling 2020s"


Oct. 2, 2021 (tentative)
Gypsy Day Parade Float Registration

Float registration for the Northern State University Gypsy Day Parade in 2020 is open until 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18.


Parade Float Registration


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

Gypsy Day Parade Band Registration

Band registration for the Northern State University Gypsy Day Parade in 2020 is open until Friday, Sept. 11.


Parade Band Registration


For information, contact Terry Beckler, professor of percussion, at 605-626-3436 or

2020 Parade Award 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)


2020 Gypsy Days 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




2019 Gypsy Days Royalty

Harrison Bruns and Alissa Leier

Gypsy Days Marshal Harrison Bruns and Queen Alissa Leier

Gypsy Days royalty

Gypsy Days royalty and candidates, back row, from left: William Ellwanger, Leonardo Fernandez, Harrison Bruns, Paxton Mewes, Gabe King; front row, from left: Annie Walsh, Carly Wheeting, Alissa Leier, Megan Unzen, Zoe Buckstead

Gypsy Days 2019
Gypsy Days Past
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