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(New Orleans, La.) - It wouldn't be Mother's Day in New Orleans without the annual performance by Irma Thomas at Audubon Zoo.

On Sunday, May 10, the Grammy®Award winner will be in her customary spot on the Capital One stage in Audubon Zoo, where she has headlined the Mother Day's Celebration for more than three decades.

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.

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.

Live music begins on stage at 11:00 a.m. Irma Thomas and her band, The Professionals, will perform old favorites and new hits from 2:30 p.m. until 4:00 p.m.

"Complimentary admission for all moms on Mother's Day is an Audubon Zoo tradition going back more than thirty years,'' said Audubon Zoo Managing Director Larry Rivarde. "It's a day full of warmth, as hundreds of families bring mom to the Zoo for a celebration of togetherness.''

Guests looking for a Mother's Day gift can shop for jewelry at craft tents. And mom won't have to cook on her special day thanks to a menu of po-boys, plate lunches and desserts that will be available for purchase. No outside food or beverage is allowed at Audubon Zoo for special events and festivals.

Arrive early and bring your swim suits and towels to enjoy the Cool Zoo splash park and the new Gator Run lazy river near the Endangered Species Carousel. Admission to Cool Zoo and Gator Run is $10 for members and $12 for non-members in addition to regular Zoo admission.

Mother's Day activities are included in admission to Audubon Zoo, which is $18.95 for adults, $13.95 for children 2-12 and $14.95 for seniors 65+.

Audubon Zoo is located at 6500 Magazine St. For more information visit

View the Mother's Day photo gallery on Flickr.

Mother's Day Performance Lineup

11:00 a.m - 12:15 p.m. Mykia Jovan
12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Aurora Nealand & The Royal Roses
2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Irma Thomas and The Professionals



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.