The day began at Berlin's main train station where AfD collected to hear speeches and assemble before marching the 1.3 kilometers to the Brandenburg Gate.
Another thing made clear at the rally was that the AfD is every bit as much a citizens' movement as a political party in the sense post-war Germans are familiar with.
For many AfD adherents, disrupting the status quo of how the government, the media and other social institutions function is perhaps more important than changing any individuals laws or policies.
But that didn't happen either at the main train station or the Brandenburg Gate.
Populist supporters directly in front of the main stage as AfD co-leaders Alexander Gauland and Jörg Meuthen repeated party slogans probably didn't realize how many people had turned out against them.