Revelers gather for a spring day snowball fight at the National Mall

WASHINGTON — On the first, full day of spring, a group of people gathered on the National Mall for a snowball fight.

Dubbed “Toby or Not Toby,” for the winter storm, the Washington, D.C. Snowball Fight Association organized the event through Facebook. As the federal government and most school systems closed Wednesday, the event invited those affected by the closings to come down at 4:30 p.m. for a snowball battle.

Here are some scenes from the event.

A man prepares to throw a snowball during a snowball fight that organized at the National Mall on Wednesday, March 21, 2018. (WTOP/Dick Uliano)
A man prepares to throw a snowball during a snowball fight organized at the National Mall on Wednesday, March 21, 2018. (WTOP/Dick Uliano) (WTOP/Dick Uliano)
A group gathers at the National Mall on Wednesday, March 21, 2018, for a snowball fight. (WTOP/Dick Uliano)
A group gathers at the National Mall on Wednesday, March 21, 2018, for a snowball fight. (WTOP/Dick Uliano) (WTOP/Dick Uliano)
"Toby or Not Toby - A Snowball Battle" takes place on the National Mall on Wednesday, March 21, 2018. The gathering was organized through Facebook and was named after the winter storm. (WTOP/Dick Uliano)
“Toby or Not Toby — A Snowball Battle” was held on the National Mall on Wednesday, March 21, 2018. The gathering was organized through Facebook and was named after the winter storm. (WTOP/Dick Uliano) (WTOP/Dick Uliano)
Two people make a snowman with the the thin layer of snow that fell on the National Mall on Wednesday, March 21, 2018. (WTOP/Dick Uliano)
Two people make a snowman with the thin layer of snow that fell on the National Mall on Wednesday, March 21, 2018. (WTOP/Dick Uliano) (WTOP/Dick Uliano)
A snowball battle takes place at the National Mall on Wednesday, March 21, 2018. It was organized through Facebook and bears the name "Toby or Not Toby" for the winter storm. (WTOP/Dick Uliano)
A snowball battle on the National Mall on Wednesday, March 21, 2018. It was organized through Facebook and bears the name “Toby or Not Toby” for the winter storm. (WTOP/Dick Uliano) (WTOP/Dick Uliano)
A snowball fight takes place at the National Mall during a spring snow storm on Wednesday, March 21, 2018. (WTOP/Dick Uliano)
A snowball fight on the National Mall during a spring snowstorm on Wednesday, March 21, 2018. (WTOP/Dick Uliano) (WTOP/Dick Uliano)
A group gathers at the National Mall on Wednesday, March 21, 2018, for a snowball fight. (WTOP/Dick Uliano)
A group gathers at the National Mall on Wednesday, March 21, 2018, for a snowball fight. (WTOP/Dick Uliano) (WTOP/Dick Uliano)
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A man prepares to throw a snowball during a snowball fight that organized at the National Mall on Wednesday, March 21, 2018. (WTOP/Dick Uliano)
A group gathers at the National Mall on Wednesday, March 21, 2018, for a snowball fight. (WTOP/Dick Uliano)
"Toby or Not Toby - A Snowball Battle" takes place on the National Mall on Wednesday, March 21, 2018. The gathering was organized through Facebook and was named after the winter storm. (WTOP/Dick Uliano)
Two people make a snowman with the the thin layer of snow that fell on the National Mall on Wednesday, March 21, 2018. (WTOP/Dick Uliano)
A snowball battle takes place at the National Mall on Wednesday, March 21, 2018. It was organized through Facebook and bears the name "Toby or Not Toby" for the winter storm. (WTOP/Dick Uliano)
A snowball fight takes place at the National Mall during a spring snow storm on Wednesday, March 21, 2018. (WTOP/Dick Uliano)
A group gathers at the National Mall on Wednesday, March 21, 2018, for a snowball fight. (WTOP/Dick Uliano)

WTOP’s Dick Uliano contributed to this report.


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