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04/17/2014 10:36 EDT | Updated 04/18/2014 02:59 EDT

This Is What The Heart Of Ford Nation Looks Like (PHOTOS)

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Rob Ford can make one heck of an entrance.

Toronto’s embattled mayor entered the room at his re-election campaign kickoff party on Thursday with bag-pipers in front and ardent supporters shouting “Ford more years!” by his side – drowning out the last verses of “Eye of the Tiger” that played before his arrival.

Organizers rented a convention hall located on the outskirts of the city near the airport, luring supporters with free t-shirts and "Ford Nation" flags for the first 1,000 people, according to the Toronto Sun. Apparently, they had a difficult time filling it up to capacity.

Ford has been a fixture in national and international media since he admitted to smoking crack cocaine in November. It’s a series of personal problems that the mayor used to humanize himself with his supporters.

“There's been some rocky moments over the past year. I have experienced how none of us can go through life without making mistakes,” Ford said to a crowd of supporters.

“The people of Toronto know that I am just like them.”

Here’s a look at the people behind Ford Nation:

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    People are silhouetted as they attend Toronto Mayor Rob Ford's re-election campaign launch on April 17. His main rivals — Olivia Chow, John Tory, Karen Stintz and David Soknacki — have already started their bids for the job. Ford was stripped of most of his powers after he admitted to having smoked crack cocaine.
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    A man holds Rob Ford bobblehead dolls as the mayor launches his re-election campaign in Toronto on April 17.
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    Volunteer Mary Elenacruz, 12, wears Ford Nation signs as the mayor launches his campaign in Toronto on April 17.
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    People are silhouetted against an old fire truck as they attend Rob Ford's re-election campaign launch in Toronto on April 17.
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    A woman walks past an old City of Toronto fire truck as Mayor Rob Ford gets ready to launch his campaign on April 17.
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    A Rob Ford supporter poses for photos as the mayor gets ready to launch his re-election campaign in Toronto on April 17.
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    Rob Ford supporters arrive as Toronto's mayor gets ready to launch his campaign on April 17.
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    Volunteers sign supporters in for Rob Ford's re-election campaign launch on April 17.
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    People buy Rob Ford bobbleheads as he launches his re-election campaign on April 17.
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    Mayor Rob Ford, right, smiles as he wears a headdress given to him by supporter Harry Malaui, left, as he attends his campaign launch in Toronto on April 17.
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    Toronto mayor Rob Ford speaks to supporters during his re-election campaign launch on April 17.
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    Toronto mayor Rob Ford speaks to supporters during his re-election campaign launch on April 17.
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    Toronto mayor Rob Ford reacts as he speaks to his supporters during his re-election campaign launch on April 17.

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