Nine different floats, carrying Russian landscapes, passed beneath her as she slept.
However, a technical error caused the fifth ring not to expand, and pyrotechnics did not go off from the rings.
The mishap was later self-mocked by the organizers at the closing ceremony where one of the roundrelay dance groups symbolizing the Olympic rings "failed" to expand.
A projected rendering of the Earth showing each competing country (along with their names in English, French and Russian, respectively) was displayed on the stadium floor as they entered.
The parade was accompanied with a soundtrack by Russian electronic dance music producer Leonid Rudenko, which featured remixes of popular Russian music.
Petersburg projected on the stadium floor to an imperial ball inspired by Leo Tolstoy's "War and Peace," and featuring ballet dancers including Danila Korsuntsev, Ivan Vasiliev, and Svetlana Zakharova.
Fourteen columns rose from the floor, then disappeared, replaced first by scenes of the Russian Revolution and Soviet industrialization, followed by a giant moving reproduction of the famous statue "Worker and Kolkhoz Woman" made by Vera Mukhina in 1937, with hammer and sickle flying over the arena, symbolizing the period of great industrialization following the Bolshevik Revolution.
Andrei Nasonovksy was the Executive Producer of record; and Andrei Boltenko was the writer and director of the ceremony.
A different team was in charge of the Closing Ceremony as well as the Paralympic ceremonies. and the Ministry of Internal Affairs choir, who performed a version of Daft Punk’s "Get Lucky".
The Parade of Nations was led, according to custom due to hosting the original ancient Olympics, by the Greek team, followed by other competing countries in alphabetical order based off their names in the Russian language, with the host country, Russia, culminating the march, again in accordance with custom.
Athletes were then seated in the lower level of the stadium's stands.
Pre-ceremony activities included performances by the Russian pop duo t. The ceremony, opened with an on-screen video showing 11-year-old Liza Temnikova playing a character named Lyubov (Russian for 'love') reciting the Russian alphabet.