National Nursing Home Week 2016 is off to a fast start in Alabama. Skilled nursing care centers across the state are celebrating around the theme “It’s a Small World with a Big Heart.”

Click through this photo gallery to see scenes from events in Florence, Birmingham, Enterprise, Greenville and Red Bay. More information about the various celebrations is below the photo gallery.

Mitchell-Hollingsworth Nursing & Rehab in Florence held a large community carnival and parade. Classic cars, police motorcycles, fire trucks, horses and more paraded around the large front lawn. After the parade, children played on inflatables while nursing home residents played carnival games and listened to the Nu Tones Band.

Residents and staff of Brookdale Place University Park Health Care Center in Birmingham are setting sail around the world. Monday’s port of call was Cozumel, Mexico. Residents enjoyed Mexican themed snacks while staff members dressed as a mariachi band provided entertainment. The S.S. Brookdale will travel to Jamaica, Hawaii, Italy and Australia this week.

Enterprise Health & Rehab Center puts its own twist on the Amazing Race. Employee Chris Wallace raced to find five gummy worms in a plate of whipped cream.

Crowne Health Care of Greenville kicked off the week with a wheelchair parade led by the Greenville High School Marching Band. Elementary school students from Fort Dale Academy cheered on the residents and helped with a balloon release. Staff members wore National Nursing Home Week t-shirts.

Generations of Red Bay is celebrating each day with a different color. Monday was red day and began with a balloon release. Each red balloon contained a card with the skilled nursing care center’s address with the hope that some of the people who find the balloons will write letters to the residents. The full day of fun related to the color red ended with everyone enjoying red watermelon.

National Nursing Home Week 2016 is May 8-14. It has been celebrated annually since 1967, and begins on Mother’s Day each year.