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Marching band makes this small-town parade marriage proposal awesome

'She said yes!'


EJ Dickson


Posted on May 4, 2015   Updated on May 28, 2021, 10:23 pm CDT

Some people say that we’ve hit a saturation point for viral proposal videos. Regardless, people are still devising increasingly elaborate ways to publicly propose to their significant others. And as viral proposals go, this one, which features a marching band and Pharrell Williams’ “Happy,” is rather clever.

Last weekend, Mark Keller and his girlfriend Tammy Snapp went to the Apple Blossom Festival Parade in Winchester, Virginia. When the James Wood High School marching band approached, they stopped in their tracks so Mark could bend down on one knee and ask Tammy a very important question.

“Tammy Sue Snapp, would you do me the great honor of being my wife?” Keller asked.

When Tammy said yes, Mark turned around and began jubilantly leading the marching band in a rendition of “Happy.”

Of course, proposing in public in front of a marching band isn’t necessarily the most considerate way to ask someone to marry you, as it puts a ton of pressure on them to say yes. But when you see the ecstatic look on these lovebirds’ faces, that won’t really matter to you. Vive the Apple Blossom Festival Grande Parade! 
Update 3:27 PM, May 4: An original version of this story said the Apple Blossom Festival Parade took place in Washington. This proposal actually took place in Winchester, VA. 

Screengrab via Mark Keller/YouTube

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*First Published: May 4, 2015, 10:20 am CDT