Mayoral candidates, from left to right, Olivia Chow, Doug Ford and John Tory  debate in Toronto on Tuesday, Sept 23, 2014

VIDEO: Highlights of Doug Ford’s first mayoral debate

Ford makes his debut to the tune of transit systems and the gay pride parade.

Toronto Mayoral candidate Doug Ford took to the stage to challenge his opponents Olivia Chow and John Tory during his mayoral debate debut on Tuesday night.

The candidates traded barbs in front of a energetic audience that responded loudly to arguments ranging from transit systems, experience and the importance of the gay pride parade.

See the following for a brief recap of some of the debate’s most memorable highlights.