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Ford Nation gears up for Ford Fest
The 19th annual community bbq gets underway Friday evening at Thomson Memorial Park
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A city park is to be inundated with followers of Rob Ford tonight for the Toronto mayor's scheduled ``Ford Fest'' bash.

Unlike previous editions, the 19th anniversary of the party won't feature any alcohol, as the province turned down the organizers' application for a liquor licence. However, Ford has insisted those who come to his barbecue will still have a good time.

City officials approved a permit for the festival in an east-end park despite concerns the party would effectively be a campaign event and flout municipal rules about politicking in public parks.

A Toronto spokeswoman has said the mayor's office has been warned there can be no campaigning at Ford Fest.

Toronto voters go to the polls Oct. 27 and Ford has vowed to remain in the race, saying it would help his recovery to stay on as mayor.

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A city park is to be inundated with followers of Rob Ford tonight for the Toronto mayor's scheduled ``Ford Fest'' bash.

Unlike previous editions, the 19th anniversary of the party won't feature any alcohol, as the province turned down the organizers' application for a liquor licence. However, Ford has insisted those who come to his barbecue will still have a good time.

City officials approved a permit for the festival in an east-end park despite concerns the party would effectively be a campaign event and flout municipal rules about politicking in public parks.

A Toronto spokeswoman has said the mayor's office has been warned there can be no campaigning at Ford Fest.

Toronto voters go to the polls Oct. 27 and Ford has vowed to remain in the race, saying it would help his recovery to stay on as mayor.

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