Mayor Rob Ford cheered at Santa Claus parade

Maryam Shah, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:57 PM ET

TORONTO -- Mayor Rob Ford stole the spotlight from Santa during a Christmas parade in Saturday.

Flinging candy canes from decorated bags, with his staffers in tow, Ford found himself receiving the celebrity treatment from hundreds of Toronto residents attending the annual west-end Christmas parade in Ford's neighbourhood of Etobicoke.

Dozens clamoured to take photographs with him, but a small yet vocal minority also occasionally yelled at him from the sidewalk: "Go away!" and "Resign!"

Ford would not answer any questions posed to him by reporters about the allegations revealed in the latest wiretaps.

"You have no respect for children at all," he replied to one reporter asking him about heroin use.

The wiretaps -- released by a judge on Wednesday -- include allegations the mayor may have tried to buy the crack video and that he may have used heroin.

Ford has previously called the allegations an "outright lie."

Some parade-goers said they felt Ford's personal life should not matter.


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