Hundreds Expected to Attend Ford Fest BBQ
He may have had a stressful week preparing and giving his testimony in court, but Mayor Rob Ford plans on having a good time Friday night, and the city is invited.
The annual Ford Fest at the mayor's home in the area of Royal York Road and Lawrence Avenue will be hopping, but don't both calling police, they'll already be there.
In planning for the event, Ford has hired private security and paid duty officers to manage traffic. So far, a crowd of four thousand people say they'll attend the community barbeque. That's according to Diane Ford, the mayor's mother.
Ford issued an open invite to residents of the entire city here on NewsTalk 1010 on the Jim Richards Showgram last week. He may have his very own pride festival too. A Facebook group called "Backyard Pride Parade at Rob Ford's" has been organized, and as of 6 a.m. Friday morning, almost 700 people have accepted the invitation.
The message on the group's page reads,
"Rob Ford is having a party and everyone is invited. Honestly! Apparently it's a yearly tradition going back 12 years for the Ford family where they invite Toronto residents to a back yard BBQ at their Etobicoke home.
Well, since Rob was too busy to come to any Pride events this year we are going to bring the Pride Parade to his backyard. Afterall, everyone is invited.
Bring your Pride in whatever form you like and let's show Rob what our community is all about! Above all, let's keep this peaceful, fun, and political."
The party begins at 6:30 p.m. at 15 Weston Wood Road, and police expect it to be a peaceful and fun event.
NewsTalk 1010's Friendly Fire hosted by Ryan Doyle and John Downs will be broadcasting live from the Ford Fest barbeque starting at 7 p.m.