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Packed Crowd Gathers In Armonk For 'Frosty Day'

Frosty the Snowman marches through downtown Armonk as part of the hamlet's annual "Frosty Day" celebration.
Frosty the Snowman marches through downtown Armonk as part of the hamlet's annual "Frosty Day" celebration. Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie
Onlookers in downtown Armonk stand as Frosty the Snowman marches through the hamlet as part of "Frosty Day."
Onlookers in downtown Armonk stand as Frosty the Snowman marches through the hamlet as part of "Frosty Day." Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie
Costumed clowns at "Frosty Day" in Armonk.
Costumed clowns at "Frosty Day" in Armonk. Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie
Muscial performers march in parade for "Frosty Day" in Armonk.
Muscial performers march in parade for "Frosty Day" in Armonk. Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie
Two women, carrying winter sports gear, ride in the back of Hickory & Tweed's van as part of the "Frosty Day" parade in downtown Armonk.
Two women, carrying winter sports gear, ride in the back of Hickory & Tweed's van as part of the "Frosty Day" parade in downtown Armonk. Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie
The Byram Hills Preschool Association is among several local groups marching in the "Frosty Day" parade in Armonk.
The Byram Hills Preschool Association is among several local groups marching in the "Frosty Day" parade in Armonk. Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie
A local Brownie troop of Girl Scouts marches in the "Frosty Day" parade in Armonk.
A local Brownie troop of Girl Scouts marches in the "Frosty Day" parade in Armonk. Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie
The "Frosty Day" parade in downtown Armonk featured several vintage cars.
The "Frosty Day" parade in downtown Armonk featured several vintage cars. Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie
Members of the North Castle Historical Society march in the "Frosty Day" parade in downtown Armonk.
Members of the North Castle Historical Society march in the "Frosty Day" parade in downtown Armonk. Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie
Scores of onlookers line Main Street in downtown Armonk for the "Frosty Day" parade.
Scores of onlookers line Main Street in downtown Armonk for the "Frosty Day" parade. Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie
An Armonk firetruck is decorated for "Frosty Day."
An Armonk firetruck is decorated for "Frosty Day." Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie
Members of the Byram Hills PTSA march in the "Frosty Day" parade in downtown Armonk.
Members of the Byram Hills PTSA march in the "Frosty Day" parade in downtown Armonk. Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie
The daughters of the late Mildred Wago, who once served as North Castle's receiver of taxes, announce they have a letter confirming the Armonk connection to Frosty the Snowman.
The daughters of the late Mildred Wago, who once served as North Castle's receiver of taxes, announce they have a letter confirming the Armonk connection to Frosty the Snowman. Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie
North Castle Deputy Supervisor Stephen D'Angelo reads a town proclamation as part of the "Frosty Day" celebration in Armonk.
North Castle Deputy Supervisor Stephen D'Angelo reads a town proclamation as part of the "Frosty Day" celebration in Armonk. Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie
At the culmination of "Frosty Day," Frosty the Snowman helps with the tree lighting at Wampus Brook Park in Armonk.
At the culmination of "Frosty Day," Frosty the Snowman helps with the tree lighting at Wampus Brook Park in Armonk. Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie
A lit Christmas tree is one of several holiday decorations strewn about Wampus Brook Park in Armonk. The lighting was held as part of "Frosty Day" and took place at a newly rebuilt gazebo.
A lit Christmas tree is one of several holiday decorations strewn about Wampus Brook Park in Armonk. The lighting was held as part of "Frosty Day" and took place at a newly rebuilt gazebo. Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie
A menorah and snowflakes are among the holiday lighting decorations at Armonk's Wampus Brook Park.
A menorah and snowflakes are among the holiday lighting decorations at Armonk's Wampus Brook Park. Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie

ARMONK, N.Y. -- Throngs of onlookers came to downtown Armonk on Saturday evening for the hamlet's annual "Frosty Day" celebration, an occasion that included a parade on Main Street and a holiday decorations lighting in Wampus Brook Park.

The celebration, which comes 65 years after the song "Frosty the Snowman" was written, is in honor of Frosty's local ties.

Steve Nelson, the songwriter who helped bring Frosty to the masses, was inspired by Armonk when he wrote about a village square in the song, according to an historical write up on Armonkfrosty.com , a site that chronicles his local ties.

Rain and dusk could not hamper turnout at the parade, as spectators gathered with umbrellas to watch a procession that featured several local organizations, which ranged from the Byram Hills PTSA, to Hickory & Tweed, to the North Castle Historical Society.

The parade marched north on Main Street before turning right on Maple Avenue and concluding at the park. Spectators then gathered at the park's rebuilt, which was recently rebuilt after the previous one was destroyed last year due to a collapse.

Once people gathered around the gazebo, they indulged in holiday carols, which as "Jingle Bells" and "The Dreidel Song."

Soon after, Frosty arrived on stage to cheers from the audience.

“Frosty rocks!” shouted a spectator.

“Frosty, I love you!” another onlooker shouted.

Charlene Decker and Linda Herbst, daughters of the late Mildred Wago, came on stage to read a crucial piece of local history. The daughters read a 1990s letter to Wago, who once served as the town of North Castle's receiver of taxes, from Audrey Nelson, the wife of Steve Nelson. In it, Audrey Nelson - she was referred to as "Frosty's Mama" - confirmed that the served as an inspiration for the character.

Wago's daughters announced that Audrey Nelson's letter would be donated to the town.

North Castle Deputy Supervisor Stephen D'Angelo, who thanked Decker and Herbst, read a town proclamation honoring Frosty for his 65th birthday. D'Angelo also praised the works who helped to rebuild the gazebo, which was only completed the previous Friday.

The celebration culminated with a lighting of the park's holiday decorations, which included a Christmas tree and menorah adjacent to the gazebo, along with snowflake lights.

A photo gallery of the celebration is attached to this story.

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