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Frosty Charms Armonk
By Hardy Johnson

November 29, 2016

'Tis the season to celebrate! Frosty Day in Armonk was held on Sunday, November 27. Seasonal cheer filled the town and smiles were on children's faces. Activities included face painting and meeting Santa Claus in the afternoon.

At 3:30 PM, a parade down Main Street featured a brass band; community groups, including Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops; fife and drum corps in period costume; floats from Camp Breezemount and White Plains Hospital; vintage cars; majestic Clydesdale horses; elected officials; and of course, the honoree Frosty the Snowman.

Frosty the Snowman is a Christmas time favorite tune, written by late Armonk resident Steve Nelson in 1950.

There was a tree lighting ceremony at the gazebo at Wampus Park after the parade. Participating businesses offered free cider and hot chocolate. Armonk Square was decorated in holiday lights and music filled the air. Attendance was the largest in the parade’s history, according to unofficial sources, and drew media coverage from News12.

Good times were had by all as the wonderful Frosty Day celebration kicked off the holiday season in Armonk.


FROSTY THE SNOWMAN HOMECOMING
SLATED FOR SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 27 IN ARMONK

ARMONK, NY – The annual homecoming of America’s favorite snowman, Frosty, will be held in his hometown of Armonk, NY on Sunday, November 27, the Sunday of Thanksgiving weekend. The Frosty Day fun-filled family activities will start in downtown Armonk at 12:30 p.m. with the annual Frosty Parade now scheduled for 4 p.m. The parade will be followed by the annual holiday lighting ceremony at the gazebo in Wampus Brook Park.

The Frosty Parade is the only holiday-themed parade in the area and all activities are free to the public. Almost every business, shop and merchant in Armonk is involved somehow in Frosty Day.  
    
There will be new activities and rides this year, including some animated animals.  Favorites such as the miniature trains and horse-drawn wagons will be back this year, along with dancers, singers, marching bands, magicians, clowns, Santa and of course, Frosty. Shops and merchants will offer face-painting, frosting cookies, decorating holiday ornaments, and making your own Frosty the Snowman to carry in the parade. A list of the times and places of events and activities will be available on the Frosty website:  armonkfrosty.com.

Events and activities will be held for three hours around town before the parade which will travel north on Main Street to Maple Avenue and then Wampus Brook Park.  Everyone is part of the parade, joining at the end to help welcome Frosty home for the holidays.

More than 30 local and county-based groups and organizations will participate in this year’s Frosty Parade with floats, lights, dancing, costumes and music, going past the Historic District in Armonk that was the inspiration for the “Village Square” where Frosty dared the children to “catch me if you can.”  Steve Nelson, who was the lyricist of the classic holiday song, was a long-time resident of Armonk.

Friends of Frosty Inc., a non-profit group of volunteers formed to oversee the day’s events, encourages visitors to Armonk to contribute to its “Help Frosty Help Others” campaign, which includes collecting outdoor jackets and gear as part of its Winter Warmth project, as well as donating to the Frosty jars that are found around town at shops and restaurants.

The group’s president, Robby Morris, reminds us that, “Frosty Day is an event that the town looks forward to every year. It’s a great time for everyone to come together and have some fun.”