Mayor Ford Urged Not to March on Santa Claus Parade

This article was last updated on April 16, 2022

The co-chairman of the Santa Claus Parade, Ron Barbaro, has urged Mayor Rob Ford’s chief of staff, Earl Provost, in an official letter that he should “reconsider” his resolution to march in the annual event. The letter says that “our request is simple, we know the Mayor loves the Parade, but for this year let’s avoid this distraction and put the focus back on Santa and Mrs. Claus.”

Barbaro highlighted that there has been confusion regarding Ford’s part- taking in this weekend’s Santa Claus Parade since Monday, as he claims to be initially informed by Provost that the mayor would not be marching. However, later Ford’s spokesman, Amin Massoudi, revealed that mayor would in fact be “participating.” Whereas, in the official letter Barbaro portrays the board’s “official position,” which says that “with the media following the Mayor in everything he does, we do not want this distraction to take away from the anticipated fun and enjoyment that children will have on Parade Day.”

Barbaro alleged that he was initially communicated that Ford would not be marching “due to recent events in the mayor’s life, but would be a spectator watching the parade with his family.” However, Barbaro said that mayor announced Monday night he has “changed his mind and will now walk ahead of the Parade.” Hence, the letter concluded that “we are appealing to the Mayor, as a parent to reconsider this decision. We are asking him to go back to the original decision.” It said that “The Santa Claus Parade is presented for children and families and the single focus is the magic of Santa and Mrs. Claus arriving to usher in the Holiday Season.”

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