Don’t let all the peace, love, and joy talk fool you — the holidays are a stressful time. So stressful, in fact, that you might just want to dress up like Frosty the Snowman, disrupt a parade, fight a cop, and kick a dog. Allegedly.
That’s what went down at the Chestertown Christmas parade on the Eastern Shore last weekend, at least according to the police. Kevin Michael Walsh, 52, has served as the parade’s Frosty for more than a decade. This year, though, things got a little heated: a dog-handling officer tried to remove Walsh from the parade (for unclear reasons), so Walsh removed the head of his Frosty costume and hit the cop in the face with it. And then he kicked Henzo, the police dog. Walsh says he was wrongfully charged, and claims that he only got agitated after he got arrested.
Which all sounds very ridiculous, but there’s also a darker side to the story: commenters on the Huffington Post are claiming that Walsh has been suffering the effects of a recent stroke. The police “follow around bothering him until he gets annoyed and loud, then [they] arrest him,” writes a local. “They [the police] don’t seem to have to answer to anyone.”