The remains of a sign stolen from activists and torn to pieces by Ford supporters. It said "FORD #1 HATER."
If I'm being entirely honest, Rob Ford's events have always had an air of menace to them. While they're indeed for the most part celebratory, joyful, and even family-oriented, the intense concentration of jingoistic fervour has always been somewhat troubling.
But it was only last night, at the sixth Ford Fest I've covered as a journalist, that I saw a Ford event devolve into the outright violence and bigoted hatred of which they've always seemed capable.
A small group of protesters arrived at Thomson Memorial Park at Brimley and Lawrence to hold a "Queeruption" of the festivities. The Ford fans in attendance were less than pleased with the intervention and loudly let it be known. Eventually the verbal assaults became physical.
For the full experience, turn the sound on your computer way up. And have someone barbecuing hamburgers 100 m away.