Another fall semester is underway at Northern, which means the annual homecoming weekend is right around the corner. This year’s Gypsy Days, however, will be more special than most, as September 21-26, 2015, marks the 100th anniversary of the event. This centennial celebration will certainly be one to remember.
All of the customary festivities are scheduled for homecoming week this year, including Coronation on Thursday, September 24; Northern Bound Day, a Distinguished Alumni and Hall of Fame Banquet, and a campus-wide open house on Friday, September 25; and the annual parade on Saturday morning, September 26.
Students can enjoy the traditional “Burning of the N” in the Barnett Center parking lot on Thursday night, after the Coronation ceremony. Snacks, beverages, and a DJ are usually supplied at this pep rally-esque event.
Naturally, homecoming weekend would not be complete without athletics, and the Wolves’ football team will face off against the University of Sioux Falls at 2:30pm on Saturday at Swisher Field. An alumni tailgate will be held right before the game. Northern’s women’s soccer and volleyball teams also have matches throughout Gypsy Days weekend.
As a tribute to 100 years of celebration, Gypsy Days 2015 will feature a “Cruising through the Decades” theme. For the parade, participants will choose a decade within the last century to represent and will decorate their float accordingly. They will also have to incorporate the number “100” somewhere on the display. The Gypsy Days parade is one of the largest in the region, usually bringing in about 200 groups.
To stay updated on all Gypsy Day activities, search “#GypsyDays100” on social media, or visit http://www.northern.edu/gypsydays. This is also the site where those interested can register to be involved in the Gypsy Day parade. The registration deadline is 5pm on Sept.ember15, and the entrance fee is $25.