SYRACUSE -- The city's annual celebration of Heritage Days kicked off Friday, with a week of activities planned.
This year's celebration includes a Syracuse's Got Talent celebration for the first time and offers a wide range of activities, including a parade and fireworks show June 25.
The theme for this year's celebration is "Rockin' to a New Beat."
The week's events include:
* Activities began with a Heritage Days senior luncheon at 12:30 p.m. Friday, at the community center.
* On Monday, the new local talent show will begin at 7 p.m. in Founders Park. Winners from the show will perform at a finale the night of June 25.
* On Tuesday, there will be an ice cream and pie social at 7 p.m. at Centennial Park and a Teens Rock night at 8 p.m. at the Community Center. A chalk art festival is also scheduled at 7 p.m. at Centennial Park.
* The activity for Wednesday is a children's parade at 6:30 p.m. at Centennial Park.
* All-star baseball games are slated to start at 5 p.m. Thursday at Founders Park. The carnival opens the same day at Founders Park, beginning at 4 p.m. Zumba is also being offered for free to the community at 7:30 p.m. in the Community Center on the same evening.
* On Friday, activities include booths, which open at 5 p.m., and the carnival, plus a family magic show at Founders Park at 7 p.m., followed by a family movie night at Founders Park at 9 p.m.
* Today marks the last day of the celebration, and it begins with a 5K run at 7 a.m. at the Community Center. A fundraiser breakfast at the Community Center is scheduled at 7:30 a.m., with all proceeds going to Chloe's Playground, a unique park being built for handicapped children.
The parade begins at 10 a.m. A concert is set for 7 p.m. at Jensen Park, and fireworks will follow at dusk at Jensen Park.