Dakota Days begin Monday The Dakota Days 2004 Committee at The University of South Dakota has announced the schedule of events for this year's homecoming festivities. Activities begin on Monday, Sept. 27 and conclude on Saturday, Oct. 2. The theme of this year's celebration is "Oh, the Places U.'ll Go!"
Saturday's activities will begin with the traditional Dakota Day parade in downtown Vermillion. Parade Grand Marshal is Nancy McCahren, former USD alumni director.
Streets that will be closed: Main from Walnut to High (7:30 a.m. to noon); Main from High to Plum (9:45 a.m. to noon); Plum from Main to Clark (10 a.m. to noon) and Franklin from Main to Clark (9 a.m. to noon)
Streets to avoid: Marching bands will be staging at the Middle School and walking down Franklin to Main.
Entries with horses will be staging at the fairgrounds and walking down High Street to Main.
The parade ends at Plum and Clark streets. All floats, marching bands, cars and horses will disperse from that intersection. Marching bands will be crossing to the USD campus for an awards ceremony.