Please Enjoy This Adorable Mummers Parade Proposal

Congrats, Deirdre and Josiah!

To say that the Mummers Parade is a big deal here in Philadelphia would be a serious understatement. For long-time Mummers fan Deirdre Cosgrove, the day was made even more exciting and special when her partner of four years, Josiah Andrews, popped the question — right in the middle of this year’s Mummers Parade — on Broad and South Streets. We couldn’t resist sharing this adorably fun proposal with you all so, see the excitement (and cuteness) for yourself below.

Deirdre and Josiah first met in high school, where they both attended Holy Spirit High School in Absecon, NJ — but their relationship wasn’t a teenage romance. Rather, they were good friends that maintained their friendship post-graduation, when they finally realized their spark. These South Philly residents were together for four years before their festive engagement on January 1, 2018.

Josiah, who spent some serious time thinking of a special and fun way to propose to Deirdre, wanted it to be something so crazy that she would never think it would be a possibility. With the help of a Mummer buddy on the inside — a Mad Hatter to be exact — he was able to make the most fun and Philly-centric proposal happen. As you can see in the video, the aforementioned Mummer whisks Deirdre away to dance. When she turns around, Josiah is on one knee. In a touching moment of surprise, Deirdre realizes what’s going on and, in the midst of a huddle of cheering Mummers, the couple seal the deal. The pair had discussed getting engaged, but she didn’t know when it would happen exactly. Deirdre was shocked, especially because her sneaky friends convinced her it wouldn’t be happening anytime soon.

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• This Post-It Note Proposal Is the Sweetest Thing You’ll See All Day

Got a special, only-in-Philly proposal to share yourself? Well, we want to hear about it! Email wedding editor Sarah Zlotnick at with photos and details from the day, and you could appear on this blog. 

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