I don’t know who was more excited – our 3-year-old watching his first Christmas parade or my husband and I watching our 3-year-old watching his first Christmas parade.
It was a typical small town holiday event. Local marching bands, cute puppies from the animal shelter, skittish ponies and a poop mobile, and Santa and Mrs. Claus high atop the fire engine. All making their way down Main Street, Chestertown.
And, of course, there were holiday creatures. We gave high fives to the Grinch, shook hands with Rudolph, and got pinched by the Big Red Crab. (Remember, this is the Eastern Shore of Maryland we’re talking about here.)
We were two feet from Frosty The Snowman when he took an abrupt turn and walked back through the crowd. Sad for our son, I turned to call out “Hey Frosty, come say hi to our little buddy.”
That’s when we saw the police officer.
He approached Frosty and they started going at it, nose to carrot nose. At first we thought this was part of the show, like one of those fake sports mascot beatdowns.
But then Frosty starts yelling out his own version of Don’t Taze Me, Bro. And I start doing my best to distract our toddler from what’s going on. It went something like this:
Frosty The Snowman: “Why are you doing this to me?!”
Me, turning our son around and pointing vigorously: “Rowan, do you see the marching band? Look at those flutes!”
Frosty: “Get your hands off me!! Back off!! Leave me alone!!”
Me: “Look at those flutes!! And trumpets!! Do you like trumpets? Check out those clarinets!!”
Frosty: “You can’t do this to me!!! Get away from me!!! You have no right to arrest me!!!”
Me: “The piccolos!!! Check out the piccolos!!! Aren’t they awesome?!!!!”
Eventually the officers got Frosty down on the sidewalk, cuffed his hands behind him, and hauled the snowman off to the cooler. A few minutes later an officer came back to retrieve Frosty’s head, which had come off in the scuffle.
Here are some pictures another parade goer posted on YouTube:
As for why Frosty was arrested, we found out the details later. Check out the story and video posted by CBS News.
Can’t wait ’til next year’s parade.