From 1956 till 1991, in the Soviet Union once every four years they held the Sports Festival of the Peoples of the USSR.
Looking at these photographs taken by American journalist Stan Wayman in 1963, you understand that although rockets have nothing to do with sports, that year thay became the highlight of the show! Apparently, Soviet people were so inspired by their successes in space exploration, that they couldn’t but remind to the world about it each time it was possible.
The stadium is lined with rockets like with fir trees.
That’s really impressing!
They even performed their sports tricks on rockets!
Ladies are wearing something like pilot’s suits.
And this lady is in a space suit.
Traditionally, there was a performance by dance groups wearing national costumes.
Kids are dancing too.
Similar events were held in other republics of the Soviet Union. These are ladies from Estonia, for example.