Ford Fest gets go ahead from city officials

Mayor Rob Ford in Nathan Phillips Square Tuesday, July 22, 2014. (Don Peat/Toronto Sun)

Mayor Rob Ford in Nathan Phillips Square Tuesday, July 22, 2014. (Don Peat/Toronto Sun)

Don Peat, City Hall Bureau Chief

, Last Updated: 12:53 PM ET

TORONTO - City bureaucrats granted a permit to Ford Fest Scarborough Tuesday despite objections from Mayor Rob Ford's mayoral rivals that it shouldn't be allowed in a park.

Councillor Doug Ford -- who requested the park permit -- maintained the event doesn't violate the election campaign rules.

"I invite everyone out to Ford Fest this Friday at Thomson Park," he said. "Come out, have an ice cream, have a burger, have a soda and we're going to have live music, live bands "¦ we look forward to seeing the people out there."

The city's election rules prohibit campaign events from being held on city property including parks, but the Fords claim the annual free barbecue, traditionally held in the Ford family backyard, isn't a campaign event.


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