Cheers, jeers for Rob Ford at Canada Day parade

A shirtless man yells at Toronto Mayor Rob Ford as Ford takes part in the East York Canada Day...

A shirtless man yells at Toronto Mayor Rob Ford as Ford takes part in the East York Canada Day Parade in his first public appearance since returning from a rehabilitation clinic for substance abuse problems in Toronto July 1, 2014. REUTERS/Mark Blinch

Maryam Shah, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:53 AM ET

TORONTO — Mayor Rob Ford was dogged by fans and detractors as he made a series of public appearances on Canada Day — a day after returning from a stint in a Muskoka rehab.

Flanked by staffers and volunteers holding “Ford for Mayor” placards, supporters cheered while residents — who did not appreciate his presence in the East York Canada Day parade — jeered.

“Answer one of the million questions people have!” a shirtless man repeatedly yelled at Ford along the parade route, prompting campaign manager and brother Doug Ford to react.

“Every once in a while you get a nutcase out there,” Councillor Ford said to reporters. “I don’t go chasing socialists down the street shouting and screaming at them.”

Cries of “Go back to rehab!” were mixed in with “Welcome back Mr. Mayor!” as Ford stopped to shake hands with supporters and take photographs with children, lifting them up on his shoulders.


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