Military parade marks Poland's Constitution Day

The parade started with the anthems of Poland, the EU and NATO. Radek Pietruszka/PAP

Featuring over 2,000 soldiers, a Strong Through Alliances military parade is being held on Friday in Warsaw on the occasion of the May 3rd Constitution.

Before the parade, Defence Minister Mariusz Błaszczak highlighted that this year sees Poland's 20th anniversary as a NATO member and its 15th as a member state of the EU. He also stated that today's task for Poland's armed forces is to replace post-Soviet equipment with modern fifth-generation equipment.

The parade started with the anthems of Poland, the EU and NATO. It is being attended by state representatives including President Andrzej Duda and Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki.

Over 2,000 people will take part in the parade, including soldiers from the Polish Armed Forces and allied forces. The parade involves the participation of other uniformed services subservient to the Ministry of Defence and the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Administration.

The 'Strong Through Alliances' military parade features over 200 vehicles, as well as the latest equipment of the Armed Forces and Police. In addition, close to 80 aircraft - planes and helicopters - have been presented.

The parade will move along the Wisłostrada (a succession of streets by the Vistula river) in Warsaw. The event also includes an opportunity to meet soldiers of the Polish Armed Forces at promotional stands.

The May 3rd Constitution of 1791 was Europe's first written supreme law and the world's second, behind the American one. It introduced a hereditary constitutional monarchy (in place of the free election of kings), religious tolerance and the division of power into the legislative, executive and judicial branches, among other provisions.