Like many other Toronto citizens, Mayor Rob Ford checked out the Taste of the Danforth festival Friday night — except his appearance appears to have been hastily uploaded on social media.
In one 57-second YouTube clip, Ford meets with passersby requesting photos, holding a Tim Hortons cup in his hand.
One of the people surrounding the mayor asks what he's doing, to which Ford replies "going to go up to the party, man."
"I wana get these kids playing football," he adds.
UPDATE: A witness who took some of the videos of Rob Ford on Friday has given his account of the Toronto mayor’s behaviour.
Mala, a George Brown College student who has not given out his last name, said he saw Ford standing next to his SUV and talking to his neighbours on Greenwood Avenue at around 9:30 p.m. on Friday.
“When I approached, he wasn’t making much sense,” Mala told the Toronto Star. “The mayor looked like he was totally out of it … He was slurring. It was noticeable.”
According to Now Toronto, Mala followed Ford as he headed toward the festival, and 20-30 minutes after Ford left his car, a few staffers and “at least” 10 police officers joined him.
Ford’s office has not commented on the videos.
Later Friday night, two more videos were uploaded by the same YouTube user, Adrain Sosa.
Watch both clips below:
Several more clips, from different angles, were also uploaded to Instagram.
Check out some of the videos below:
The YouTube videos' titles suggested the mayor is "drunk" or "wasted" while a series of Instagram videos show different angles from the same interaction between the mayor and citizens.
Many on Twitter expressed scepticism about whether the mayor is inebriated in the videos, with some praising Ford for taking the time to interact with citizens. You can read some of the best tweets in the slideshow below.
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Others were quick to poke fun at the mayor who has been the subject of intense media scrutiny since Gawker and The Toronto Star reported on an alleged video in which Ford appears to smoke crack cocaine.
Ford has denied that the video exists and that he does drugs.
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