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Moms Free to Audubon Zoo for Mother's Day

2012-04-23

AUDUBON ZOO AND IRMA THOMAS
CONTINUE BELOVED MOTHER’S DAY TRADITION

 
Irma Sings, Moms Get Free Zoo Admission May 13, 2012
Presented by Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen

April 23, 2012                                                                                                          New Orleans, LA

Grammy®Award-winner Irma Thomas headlines a Mother’s Day full of music, family, food and fun at Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine Street in New Orleans. Mother’s Day at Audubon Zoo is presented by Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen.

And best of all, Moms get into the Zoo free of charge on Mother’s Day, May 13, 2012.

“Free admission for all moms on Mother’s Day is an Audubon Zoo tradition going back more than twenty years,” said Audubon Zoo Managing Director Larry Rivarde. “It’s a day full of fun, as families bring Mom to the Zoo for a celebration of togetherness.”

Mother’s Day at Audubon Zoo always draws big crowds, so non-members are urged to buy and print tickets online ahead of time. Guests with advance tickets can skip the lines.

Visitors may shop for a unique remembrance for Mom from jewelry makers and other artisans selling their creations on-site. Special dishes are available for purchase so Mom doesn’t have to cook on her day.

The music begins at 11:15am with Patty Shukla Kids Music and continues at 12:30pm with Mark Brooks & Friends.

Then at 2:30pm, Irma Thomas and the Professionals take the stage in an emotion-filled performance, singing directly to the moms in the audience. Her concert is filled with personal anecdotes, old favorites and hot new hits.

“Audubon Nature Institute and all of its venues are icons in New Orleans and remain long standing fixtures of the community,” said Glenn Jacob, president of the Popeyes New Orleans co-op. “Mother’s Day is the best time to show our support.”

New this year, author Randy Fertel will sign his book, “The Gorilla Man and the Empress of Steak,” at Audubon Marketplace near the front gate. The author will treat visitors to a reading from the book at the Shell Wildlife Theater at 1pm, followed by a book-signing session until 4pm. The book is a fond recollection of an authentically New Orleans family with enduring ties to Audubon Zoo.

Contributing 2012 sponsors are Home Depot and Wellcare.

Audubon Zoo is located at 6500 Magazine Street in New Orleans. Members are always admitted to the Zoo free of charge. Remember, guests can purchase tickets online and walk right in, avoiding any lines at the front gate.

Bring the swim suits and towels! While at the Zoo, visitors can check out the latest Audubon sensation that has the whole town talking - Cool Zoo, a wild and wet splash park near the Endangered Species Carousel. It’s the best way to keep cool on a warm Mother’s Day at Audubon Zoo. Admission to Cool Zoo is $7 for non-members and $5 for members in addition to regular Zoo admission.

Media Contact:
Sarah BurnettePublic Relations Director
Audubon Nature Institute
6500 Magazine Street
New Orleans, LA 70118
(504) 212-5335

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