A man in a "Frosty the Snowman" costume was arrested Saturday during the annual Christmas parade in Chestertown, on Maryland's Eastern Shore.

Kevin Michael Walsh is accused of scuffling with police and kicking at a police dog.

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Frosty the Snowman is the protagonist of a popular Christmas song. (Kevin Dooley/Flickr)

Sgt. John A. Dolgos tells The Star Democrat of Easton that the 52-year-old 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 says he was wrongfully arrested.

He says an officer hassled him after he remarked about the police dog's presence, and that he became agitated only after getting arrested.

Walsh was released on his own recognizance.