Stu Hart surprised his girlfriend Christina Melara, both of New Orleans, by proposing to her during the Thoth parade last Sunday, February 26.

Hart's mother Jennifer said Melara is crazy about Mardi Gras and wears a wig or costume to every parade, so Stu knew he had to propose during Mardi Gras.

Stu Hart's uncle rides in Thoth and had a friend on the lower level of Float 7 surprise Christina with an embroidered pillow that read, "Christina, Will you marry me? Stu"

"As the float comes down Napoleon Avenue, you can see the rider waving the pillow and then handing it to Christina," Jennifer Hart said.

Melara turned around with a look of disbelief, Jennifer said, and Stu was down on one knee with the ring.

"Throw in confetti and the cheering crowd, and it was an epic proposal!" Jennifer said.