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Mother’s Day in New Orleans

Irma Thomas
New Orleans Queen of Soul Irma Thomas makes each Mother's Day memorable at Audubon Zoo.

Having some trouble coming up with that unique gift for the most important lady in you life? Bring mom to New Orleans for good food, swinging music, and a little bit of T.L.C. She'll feel like a Queen with all the attention you shower on her in New Orleans.

New Orleans has a myriad of world-class restaurants, with food ranging from down home to grand cuisine. Most of these venues feature memorable menus for this special day. Do keep in mind that this is a busy day at most restaurants, so you may want to call ahead for reservations at her favorite place. If you want a more serene setting, City Park's majestic live oak trees make a great backdrop for an unforgettable picnic. Pack a basket full of Mom's culinary favorites and enjoy the day in one of the loveliest urban settings in the country.

If mom wants a livelier pace, bring her to the Audubon Zoo Mother's Day concert. Here she will find great live music and incredible food in the lush surroundings of one of America's top zoos. Local favorite and jazz singer extraordinaire Irma Thomas headlines the annual event. The concert is free with Zoo admission and gives both of you a chance to relive those Sunday afternoons you spent holding mom's hand while looking at elephants and giraffes. You could even buy HER a cotton candy for a change!

New Orleans has plenty of day spas; your mom has spent her whole life taking care of you, so why not take care of her for a change? Treat mom to a facial, a massage, or even a pedicure. While most spas are closed on Sundays and Mondays, there’s no reason that she shouldn’t extend the celebration with a little premature pampering on Friday or Saturday. Some spas even offer special package deals tailored to your mother's own desires.

Whether it's Mother's Day or just any day, you can treat mom like the Queen she is in New Orleans!

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