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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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