Photos: Holiday Parade Marches Through Downtown Moorestown

In the midst of the Mummers and floats in Saturday's 53rd annual Lions Club parade, one lucky couple actually got engaged.

The MacGregor Pipe Band, out of Bucks County, PA, get the parade started. Credit: Rob Scott
The MacGregor Pipe Band, out of Bucks County, PA, get the parade started. Credit: Rob Scott
Thousands of people lined the streets of downtown Moorestown for Saturday's Moorestown Lions Club Holiday Parade, which marked its 53rd year.

As if Mummers, marching bands, Oompa-Loompas, floats, fire engines and more weren't enough, one family had a particularly memorable experience during the parade.

In the midst of the parade, Moorestown firefighter Josh Hall—a battalion chief at Relief Engine Co. on Chester Avenue—hopped off his truck and proposed to girlfriend April Zelley, who was taking in the festivities with her family.

A visibly flustered Zelley (she said yes) said she was completely surprised by the proposal, as were many of her family members.

"I'm still in shock right now," she said.

It was a moment she almost missed. Hall had given his father strict instructions for where the family should be standing when he popped the question, but Zelley lingered at a spot farther down the street.

"I wasn’t going to (be in this spot)," she said, laughing. "I actually stopped at the corner down the street. So I guess I'm happy I followed everyone down."

Congratulations to the lucky couple!
jkhearn3 December 08, 2013 at 04:41 PM
the worse parade I have seen in Moorestown in the past 10 + years. Always stand at chester avenue, had cars parked (always had no parking on parade day). Cars pulling into the parade. Asked a Police Officer what was going on and was told they replaced Police officers for Citizens to control traffic. Really?!?! Amount of taxes this should have been better organized and more concern for safety of the people watching the parade!
Bill December 08, 2013 at 06:21 PM
The Christmas parade was great, but it was the least attended that I've witnessed in a decade. Great work, enjoyed it!
Allyson Hang December 08, 2013 at 08:29 PM
Not only was it poorly attended but it showed signs of wear and tear. Poor Santa's sleigh broke down and he had to walk down the street. WTH? And why is it that there is no photo of the fire engines? My son was riding on top with the fire marshal (it's his last year bc he's retiring) as he won the district-wide fire escape contest. One would think THAT would be a little more interesting than the ugly dog pic. SMH.
Voice of Reason December 10, 2013 at 10:51 AM
Geez guys, this is an article about one of our volunteer firemen getting engaged to his girlfriend. I think it is pretty darn nice. We can talk about the police and/or citizens controlling traffic or whether the marshal is retiring at any time. I did see the kid up there, he looked freezing, but very excited. Congratulations to that little boy and to the newly engaged couple.


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