Augie History

Viking Days parade is colorful despite overcast

Despite an overcast sky, the Second Century Viking Days parade was a colorful spectacle. Composing the 150 units were 37 high school bands, various floats, visiting royalty, dignitaries and antique cars. The parade marched 16 blocks through downtown Sioux Falls.

Copping the $100 prize for the best were the Phi Rho Neuronians. The theme of their float was “Rhapsody in Blue.” The Chi-Chi society took first prize for their campus float and McKennan Hospital won for their entry in the service organization category.

Clifford J. Olson, professor of music, was chosen for parade marshal in recognition of his 36-year period as professor at Augustana.

Highlighting the parade was the Augustana Viking ship carrying Queen Ruth Beatty and her court and guarded by the traditional vikings.

The loss of an eight-foot clear, plastic balloon was the only known mishap in the parade. The balloon headed up into the clouds on an unchartered flight.

Thus, the Viking Days parade came to an end, truly deserving of being called “the best Viking Days parade yet.”

Nov. 6, 1961

The Augustana Mirror