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Dakota Days Parade

The 107th Dakota Days Parade will take place at 9 a.m. on October 2. The parade route runs from the Vermillion High School to the Vermillion Court House. 

Contact Cara Olson at for additional information about the parade, including participant rules and regulations and registration.

Register Your Parade Float


Dakota Days Parade Marching Band Competition

The University of South Dakota welcomes high school bands to Vermillion for the Annual Dakota Days Parade & Marching Band Competition. The 2021 Marching Band Parade Competition will feature an expert panel of judges and will conclude on-campus for an award presentation, snacks for all participants, door prizes, and a brief performance by The SOUND of USD Marching Band.

Registration for the 2021 Marching Band Competition is now closed. Participating bands include:

  • The SOUND of USD Marching Band
  • The Pride of Vermillion Marching Band
  • Alcester - Hudson Marching Band
  • Chester Flyer Marching Band
  • Colman-Egan Marching Hawks
  • Dakota Valley Panther Pride Marching Band
  • Dell Rapids High School Marching Quarriers
  • Elk Point - Jefferson Marching Band
  • Flandreau High School Marching Band
  • Gregory Marching Gorillas
  • MVP Titans Marching Band
  • South Sioux City High School Band


Contact Todd Cranson at for more information regarding the Dakota Days Parade Marching Band Competition.