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Ford marches in parade he helped save

People have been teasing Doug Ford he may need divine intervention to beat Mayor John Tory in next year's election.

Perhaps that's why the former councillor, who declared his intention on Friday to run against Tory, was walking with Jesus and his followers Saturday.

It was no accident that Ford chose to make the 18th annual Jesus in the City Parade -- in and around Queen’s Park -- his first event after declaring his candidacy.

"I was very happy to be invited and be part of it," he said.

It was not his first time marching at this parade which drew more than 10,000 people.

"Three years ago, Doug and his brother Rob were instrumental in saving the 15th annual parade after city officials shockingly cancelled the parade just two weeks before the march," said Charles McVety, of Canada Christian College.

Doug marched then and again Saturday.

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