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Asian Pacific American Society Festival
At Audubon Zoo
Saturday, May 21, 2016

(New Orleans, La.) - The Asian Pacific American Society Festival at Audubon Zoo will feature a full day of cultural performances, ethnic food and arts and crafts from across the region on Saturday, May 21.

Guests will enjoy live entertainment, authentic Asian dishes and hand-made crafts from India, Japan, Vietnam, Indonesia and other Asian countries.

Visitors of all ages can take part in a colorful celebration of Asian pride, partnership and progress.

"Audubon Zoo is pleased to once again host this celebration of our Asian community,'' said Audubon Nature Institute President and CEO Ron Forman. "We invite everyone to come and enjoy a fun-filled day of cultural and musical performances and delicious Asian cuisine.''

The festival menu includes delicacies from Japan, Thailand, Vietnam, Burma, Indonesia and the Philippines.

The Capital One Stage will feature performances throughout the day, including Lion Dance (Vietnam), Bolllywood dances (India), Taiwan Tea Dance (Taiwan), Little Apple Group Dance (China) and Hula Dance (Hawaii). In addition, there will be a fashion show and local groups will stage martial arts demonstrations.

Visitors will be able to experience Audubon Zoo's redesigned Asia exhibit, which includes a new, expansive habitat for the Asian elephants, new orangutan and barasingha deer exhibits, the white tiger exhibit and Bambu Village Asian Discovery Trail.

Guests also can bring their swimsuits and towels to enjoy the Cool Zoo splash park and the Gator Run lazy river. Admission to Cool Zoo is $10 for members and $12 for non members in addition to regular Zoo admission.

Asian Pacific American Society Festival activities are included with Audubon membership or with Zoo admission. No outside food or beverage is allowed at Audubon Zoo for special events and festivals.

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Audubon Nature Institute

Audubon Nature Institute operates a family of museums, parks and research facilities dedicated to celebrating the wonders of nature. Through innovative live animal exhibits, education programs, and scientific discovery, Audubon makes a meaningful contribution to preserving wildlife for the future. Audubon Nature Institute flagships include Audubon Park, Audubon Zoo, Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, Entergy Giant Screen Theater, Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium, Audubon Louisiana Nature Center, Freeport-McMoRan Audubon Special Survival Center, Woldenberg Riverfront Park and Audubon Wilderness Park. Ron Forman is President and CEO of Audubon Nature Institute.