Man Dressed as 'Frosty the Snowman' Arrested at Christmas Parade

A Maryland man in costume as the character from the popular song and TV specials was accused of scuffling with police and kicking at a police dog.

Who says Frosty the Snowman has to be jolly?

A man in a Frosty costume was arrested Saturday during the annual Christmas parade in Chestertown, on Maryland's Eastern Shore. He's accused of scuffling with police and kicking at a police dog.

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Sgt. John A. Dolgos told the Star Democrat of Easton that 52-year-old Kevin Michael Walsh became agitated when a dog-handling officer tried to escort him away from the crowd.

Walsh told the Associated Press that he has dressed as Frosty in the parade for at least 10 years. He said he was wrongfully arrested, claiming an officer hassled him after he remarked about the police dog's presence and that he became agitated only after getting arrested.

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Walsh was released on his own recognizance.

The "Frosty the Snowman" song was written by Walter "Jack" Rollins and Steve Nelson and first recorded by Gene Autry and the Cass County Boys in 1950.

It also inspired a TV special, featuring the voices of Jimmy Durante and Jackie Vernon, that debuted in 1969 and still airs every year around the holidays, as well as several sequels.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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