The March was one of several events dedicated to the revival of Poland as a nation in 1918 after she was erased from the political map of the world for 123 years.
In the public ceremonies in honor of the independence Day was attended by the President Andrzej Duda, and the head of the European Council Donald Tusk, the former Prime Minister of Poland.
However, a March extreme right-wing nationalists, which, according to some estimates, was attended by about 60 thousand people, this year eclipsed all state and other Patriotic events.
Some participants expressed xenophobic views, one carried the banner "White Europe fraternal peoples." Participants in the March, gave an interview to the state television channel TVP, said he went on the March to achieve, as he put it, "the removal of Jews from power".
Some marched under the banner with the quote "We want God" — old Polish song Donald trump was quoted during his visit to the country earlier in the year. Participants of the rally also spoke about the confrontation between the liberals and the protection of the Christian faith.
Many of the March participants were holding national white-red flags, others with torches and fireworks that filled the air with red smoke. Marsh became one of the largest such demonstrations in Europe, and was also attended by the leaders of the extreme right-wing movements from other countries of Europe, including Tommy Robinson of the UK and Roberto Fiore of Italy.
Despite the fact that the ruling conservative party did not participate in the March, state broadcaster TVP called this event "the great procession of the patriots". Also, the city held a smaller-scale protest March anti-fascist movement. The organizers separated the two processions from each other to prevent violence.
Independence day is celebrated on the day of the restoration of Poland's sovereignty 99 years ago — at the end of the First world war. Before that it was divided and ruled from the late eighteenth century by Russia, Prussia and the Austro-Hungarian Empire.
President Andrzej Duda took part in the ceremony of laying wreaths at the Tomb of the Unknown soldier, where he also delivered a speech. The head of the European Council Donald Tusk, who was present at the invitation of Duda, also paid tribute to the victims.