The Jerusalem Faction, staged the celebration for the yeshiva students who were arrested for refusing to report to IDF enlistment offices when called to do so.
Yeshiva students sang and danced while joyful Jewish music blared out from massive speakers along the length of the route down which the participants marched.
The rally was approved by the Jerusalem Police and large sections of Bar Ilan street and other thoroughfares were closed to traffic.
Rallies staged by the Jerusalem Faction frequently turn violent at the close but there was no violence by time of press.
The four boys who were feted at the rally, Naftali Rishi, Eliyahu Goldberg, Haim David Halva and Shlomo Zalman Miller were arrested by military police last month.
They are all associated with the Jerusalem Faction which is headed by Rabbi Shmuel Auerbach, a haredi leader who opposes any cooperation with the government over the issue of haredi enlistment to the army.
Rabbi Auerbach has instructed yeshiva students associated with his faction not to present themselves for preliminary procedures at IDF enlistment offices, even though this renders them liable to arrest by military police for draft evasion.
The mainstream non-hassidic and hassidic haredi leaders do allow yeshiva students to present themselves for preliminary processing although until 2017 such men generally receive deferrals and exemptions.
Rabbi Auerbach’s faction is thought to amount to approximately 15 percent of the non-hassidic haredi community, and so the number of yeshiva students arrested for not reporting to IDF offices is not high, but has been a frequently occurring story for the last 18 months.
Jerusalem Faction loyalists, most often youths, have staged several violent demonstrations over the last year, and frequently seek to disrupt traffic during such riots as happened earlier this month.