UPDATE: Rob Ford takes part in west-end Santa Claus parade

Spectators in shouting matches over whether mayor should have taken part

He was asked to stay away from Toronto's big Santa Claus Parade last month, but Rob Ford did participate in Etobicoke-Lakeshore's annual festive march on Saturday morning.

Dressed in a suit, the mayor walked the parade route for the fourth year in row, handing out hundreds candy canes to smiling children along the way.

Many shouted messages of support the sidewalk, offered Ford hugs, or clamoured to snap a photo with him.

The mayor didn't get a warm reception from everyone.

Some spectators turned their backs to Ford as he walked by, some refused to take his sweet handouts.

Michael told Newstalk 1010 reporter Andrea Lawson Ford's presence was "a revolting spectacle" and says it is a disgrace that he be involved in the parade after admitting to criminal acts.

But Tim told Lawson everyone is a little too hard on the mayor. Tim says Ford isn't perfect but is the right person to the lead the city.

Some spectators got into full-blown arguments at the roadside about whether or not Ford should have been part of the parade.

The kids just seemed content with the passing floats and the candy.

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  1. Mark7 posted on 12/07/2013 12:47 PM
    Good for you Mr. Ford. Do not let the haters spoil your fun.
    1. Stephen posted on 12/07/2013 04:27 PM
      @Mark7 So you think it is so important for Ford to have fun that you are encouraging Ford to do whatever he wants as long as he is having fun! That's really mature, a confessed drug user, a habitual liar, being encourage to have fun at a children's Santa parade, but you think it is okay as long as Ford is having fun. Thankfully the mayor's office had the common sense to stop school visits to the mayor's office. But all you care about is Ford having fun!
    2. Mark CIdade posted on 12/07/2013 07:35 PM
      @Mark7 Yeah good for him for not respecting taxpayer's wishes.
  2. Ray posted on 12/07/2013 03:17 PM
    Ford is the elected Mayor, whether people like him or not
    But he should acknowledge that because of admitting to drug use he's a negative role model. That's why he's not wanted in the Santa Clause parade and that's why everyone wanted him to take a leave of absence (and now resign because he didn't)
  3. gay for ford posted on 12/07/2013 05:11 PM
    Mayor ford admittted his mistake,made it clear that it will never happen again and he has been punished and is making changes and improving himself so we all have to move on plus he has proven he can do the job he is the peoples mayor we must give him a second chance just as we did. For other politicians. The liberal attonery general michael bryant a coke user and alcoholic and the law maker broke most of the laws he created hang around gang members and even killed someone while driving not sure if he was high but the public forgave and moved on. That fact the media and council are still punishing the mayor cheap comments and today the media pushing and knocking and standing in front of cildren to get at the mayor proves that there is a double standard and the media in this city is filled with bs and hacks. Gay and an artist will vote for ford.
    1. Mark posted on 12/07/2013 07:42 PM
      @gay for ford He admitted some mistakes long after he had denied that he ever made them and for all we know he is denying worse mistakes. He never made anything clear about not doing it again. He is still in the same position to do those mistakes. He still needs to step down to even show any kind of remorse or repentance. He is a very small number of people's chosen mayor and he only serves the interests of that select minority. This isn't about any liberal lawyers. The only double standard is the police arresting all the poor non-whites in their investigations but not this rich white mofo.
  4. Just Curious posted on 12/08/2013 06:20 AM
    From the look of the photo shown here, I have a couple of questions.
    Mr. Ford, how's that 3 hours a day you're spending in the gym working out for you?
    Mr. Ford, have you considered putting a padlock on the fridge instead?
    1. Mark7 posted on 12/08/2013 12:06 PM
      @Just Curious Just Curious may I suggest you change your username to Just Childish? Your comment surely was that of a child's thinking. All you can comment on is a person's struggle with a weight problem? How can you look at yourself in the mirror in the mornings?
    2. Peter posted on 12/08/2013 02:16 PM
      @Just Curious .
      *** Mayor Ford gets some exercise ***

      The photo above of him handing out candy canes on the street seems to show him being a little trimmer . He looks more like a fullback. Fullbacks are good runners and blockers. Just what Mayor Ford should be to run a touchdown.

      Good going Mayor Ford

      Thank you Newstalk 1010

  5. Peter posted on 12/08/2013 02:19 PM
    *** Mayor Ford The Fullback ***

    The photo above of him handing out candy canes on the street seems to show him being a little trimmer . He looks more like a fullback. Fullbacks are good runners and blockers. Just what Mayor Ford should be to run a touchdown.

    He's an awfully kind fullback too, - handing out candy canes.

    Good going Mayor Ford

    Thank you Newstalk 1010
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