Gypsy Day Parade registration deadline is Sept. 27

Marching band in Gypsy Day Parade

ABERDEEN, S.D. – The deadline to register for the 104th annual Northern State University Gypsy Day Parade is 5 p.m. Sept. 27.

Individuals and groups interested in entering the parade may register via the online form. Registration cost is $25. The parade is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 12, with a start time of 9 a.m.

This year’s parade theme is “Wolves Live Happily Ever After,” which will provide participants a wide array of options for float decorations. Participants will create a float depicting their favorite fairytale story or decorating according to the theme as they see fit. A panel of four 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)

The parade lineup will be filled in order of online registrations received. Only those individuals or groups that meet the Sept. 27 deadline will receive a block and space assignment. Confirmation letters will be emailed with lineup information approximately one week prior to the parade.

For information about the parade and registration process, contact the Student Affairs office by calling 605-626-3007 or emailing

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.