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Rob Ford won’t attend WorldPride

Disgraced Toronto mayor ditches family cottage excuse, says he’s never gone to Pride and wants to keep it that way

A parade participant gives a thumbs-down to Toronto Mayor Rob Ford in 2011. Credit: Xtra file photo

Disgraced Toronto Mayor Rob Ford will once again not attend the city’s Pride parade.

And after years of claiming he couldn’t take part because of an annual scheduled vacation at his family cottage, Ford now says he’s staying away for other reasons.

I’ve never gone to a Pride parade, so I’m not going to change the way I am, Ford said on Feb 5 at the first candidates’ forum ahead of the 2014 mayoral election. 

The mayor’s brother, Councillor Doug Ford, defended the mayor, stating on Feb 6 that he doesn’t want to see buck naked men running down the street.

This year Toronto is hosting WorldPride, an international 10-day festival that culminates with a parade on Sunday, June 29. 

Read more about Ford’s recent comment