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America, Illustrated:…

Nov 30, 2015 - Jan 05, 2016
New Orleans based M.S. Rau Antiques will pay tribute to The Saturday Evening… more

Celebration in the…

Nov 30, 2015 - Jan 03, 2016
City Park's annual holiday lighting exhibit and festival returns with one of… more

David Hansen's Garden…

Nov 30, 2015
Since 2006, Hansen's Garden District Jazz Trio has performed every night at… more

Jasper Johns:…

Nov 30, 2015 - Jan 31, 2016
Prints from the Donna Perret Rosen and Benjamin M. Rosen Collection: Jasper… more

Luna Fete: 2015

Nov 30 - Dec 5, 2015
      LUNA (Light Up NOLA Arts) Fete returns this… more

Patriot, Planter,…

Nov 30, 2015 - Mar 20, 2016
NOMA will present the first exhibition to focus on the works of Pierre-Joseph… more

Tai Chi/Chi Kung

Nov 30 - 30, 2015
NOMA, in collaboration with the East Jefferson Wellness Center offers wellness… more

The Irish House…

Nov 30, 2015
This is the Biggest Irish Music Session in the south. On a Night you will see… more

The Maison Presents -…

Nov 30, 2015 - Jul 31, 2017
The Royal Roses grew out of the rich resurgence that traditional jazz is seeing… more

The Photography of…

Nov 30, 2015 - Mar 01, 2016
The Photography of Modernist Cuisine: The Exhibition, a collection of over 50… more

Tim Youd: 100 Novels

Nov 30, 2015 - Feb 21, 2016
Los Angeles-based contemporary artist Tim Youd will visit NOMA to perform the… more


Nov 30, 2015 - Jan 10, 2016
This exhibition features work by the Japanese artist Bidou Yamaquchi. Trained… more

Visions of US:…

Nov 30, 2015 - Jan 24, 2016
Visions of US explores evolving ideas about American cultural identity from the… more

Art of Giving Holiday…

Dec 1 - 1, 2015
The Ogden Museum of Southern Art's Center for Southern Craft & Design will… more

Ashe Cultural Arts…

Dec 1 - 31, 2015
Join us for Ashe to Amen: the Enduring Spirituality of People of African… more

Book Signing & Wine…

Dec 1 - 1, 2015
Enjoy complimentary wine and join us for a book signing and discussion with… more

Christmas New Orleans…

Dec 1 - 31, 2015
There's no place like New Orleans for the holidays during Christmas New Orleans… more

Clyde & Iggy

Dec 1 - 31, 2015
Join us for the local musical duo Clyde & Iggy.  Their repertoire… more

Maple Leaf Bar…

Dec 01, 2015 - Sep 27, 2016
Join us for live entertainment featuring the Grammy Award winning ReBirth Brass… more

New Orleans Pelicans…

Dec 1 - 1, 2015
New Orleans Pelicans vs Memphis Grizzlies. Come experience NBA basketball at… more

America, Illustrated:…

Nov 30, 2015 - Jan 05, 2016
New Orleans based M.S. Rau Antiques will pay tribute to The Saturday Evening… more

Audubon Zoo and Irma Thomas Continue Beloved Tradition



May 5, 2014
Contact: Frank Donze
Office 504-212-5335
Cell 504-232-7461


Audubon Zoo and Irma Thomas 
Continue Beloved Tradition 

Grammy winner returns for 31st consecutive year 

Sunday, May 11, 2014

(New Orleans, La.) - When it comes to popular pairings in New Orleans, Irma Thomas and Audubon Zoo are like red beans and rice.

On Sunday, May 11, the Grammy Award winner will be back on familiar ground for the 31st year in a row as headliner for the annual Mother's Day Celebration.

The event is once again sponsored by Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen and co-sponsored by mobile telecommunications company metroPCS.  Guests will receive discount coupons from Popeyes upon entering while supplies last.

Mother's Day at Audubon Zoo always draws big crowds, so non-members are urged to buy tickets online ahead of time. Guests with advance tickets can skip the long lines and walk right in through a special entrance.

Audubon Nature Institute members and all moms get in free for the full day of food, music and family fun that begins at 10 a.m.

Music begins on the Capital One Stage at 12:30 p.m. with Meschiya Lake and Little Big Horns. Irma Thomas and her band, The Professionals, will perform from 2:30 p.m. until 4 p.m. 

Shop for jewelry at the craft tents and pick out something special for your mother. A menu including po-boys, plate lunches and desserts will be available for purchase so Mom doesn't have to cook on her special day, Remember, no outside food or beverage is allowed at Audubon Zoo special events and festivals.

Arrive early and bring the swim suits and towels to enjoy Cool Zoo, a wild and wet splash park near the Endangered Species Carousel. Cool Zoo admission is $6 for members and $8 for non-members in addition to regular Zoo admission.

Mother's Day activities are included in admission to Audubon Zoo, which is $17.50 for adults, $12 for children 2-12, and $13 for seniors 65+. Audubon Nature Institute members are admitted free of charge. Audubon Zoo is located at 6500 Magazine Street. For information, visit or phone (504) 581-4629.

Audubon Nature Institute is a 501(c)3 not for profit that operates a family of museums and parks dedicated to nature. These New Orleans facilities include: Audubon Park, Audubon Zoo, Woldenberg Riverfront Park, Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, Freeport-McMoRan Audubon Species Survival Center, Entergy IMAX® Theatre, Audubon Center for Research of Endangered Species, Audubon Louisiana Nature Center, Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium and Audubon Nature Institute Foundation. Ron Forman is President and CEO of Audubon Nature Institute.