Soviet men march in the All-Union Physical Culture Parade; nearly all soldiers and former soldiers of the war, the parade of athletes takes place in Red Square shortly following the Allied victory. It was the first post-war parade of athletes (and last on Red Square) and was devoted to the Allied victory. Over 25,000 participants from 16 Soviet republics were included; in the columns delegations from all of the republics marched in their national costumes. In the sports and gymnastic section of the parade there were 22 performances, which lasted 4 hours and 20 minutes. Nearly all prominent Soviet military personnel were in attendance, as well as Party officials, including General secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party, Josef Stalin. In the guest grandstands, representatives of foreign nations watched, including General of the Army of the United States, Supreme Commander of Allied Forces in Europe, Dwight D. Eisenhower. Red Square, Moscow, Central Federal District, Russia, Soviet Union. 12 August 1945.