Happy May, Morningsiders! May is a terrific month for a number of reasons – spring flowers, warmer weather, but one of our favorite reasons is coming up on May 13th: Mother’s Day. That special day to honor and appreciate mothers around the world is fast approaching and we thought we’d suggest a few fun events and activities in Harlem that mothers are guaranteed to enjoy!

First up is the 28th Annual Harlem Mother’s Day Parade. This celebrated parade takes place the weekend before Mother’s Day on Saturday, May 5 and starts at 10:00am in front of Lenox Terrace, 470 Lenox Avenue at 133rd Street. All are welcome to join the parade procession which will be lead by the organization’s founder, Candace Queen Mother Abbess-Bishop Shirley Pitts, Committee Members, Grand Marshalls and supporter, Akil Rose, founder of The Harlem Transformation Project. The parade will culminate at the Pelham Fritz Amphitheater in Marcus Garvey Park at around 2:00pm for continued entertainment, music and festivities. Click here for details on the parade route, and for more information you can call the Event Day Director at 917-945-4764 or email ActionReActMedia@aol.com.

If you’re looking for the best Mother’s Day brunch in New York City, look no further than Mother’s Day Brunch at Red Rooster and Ginny’s Supper Club. On Sunday, May 13 from 10:00am-4:00pm, both Red Rooster and Ginny’s will be paying tribute to moms by serving up delicious brunch menus and offering a background of inspiring gospel music. At Red Rooster, mom can enjoy favorites like Smoked Salmon ($23), Lamb & Potato Hash ($19), French Toast with Nutella Whip ($16), or Jerk Bacon & Eggs ($19). Ginny’s Supper Club will be offering a special à la carte menu including savory items like Pain Perdu ($15), Steak & Eggs ($26), and Duck Hash ($18). If you’ve got your heart set on Red Rooster, you better get there early to beat the crowds as reservations are not accepted for Sunday Brunch. At Ginny’s, walk-ins are accepted, but reservations are recommended. For more information, please visit Red Rooster & Ginny’s website, or call: 212-792-9001.

Another great way to treat the special lady in your life is at the Mother’s Day R&B Classic Soul fundraising event for the scholarship fund at Frederick Douglass Academy. From 3:00pm-5:00pm on Sunday, May 13, enjoy musical performances by Big Sonny & Bird’s Group as well as Khalif Yisrael, Supreme, John Walker and Marie Santos. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. The event will take place at Frederick Douglass Academy at 2581 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard at 150th Street. For more information, call: 212-491-4107.

Still searching for the perfect gift for mom? Try tickets to “An Evening with Ruby Dee” at the Apollo Theater on Sunday, May 13. A stage, film and television icon, Ruby Dee speaks the word and tells the truth in this culturally entertaining experience of music and spoken word. Spend an unforgettable evening with Ruby Dee – an Oscar nominee, Kennedy Center honoree, Black Girls Rock Living Legend Award recipient and Emmy, Grammy and Image award winner. The show starts at 5:00pm and $25, $35, $45 tickets are available at the Apollo Theater box office, by calling Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000, or visiting Ticketmaster online here. To purchase $100 Prime Center Orchestra tickets, please call 214-743-2506 or email audiencedevelopment@tbaal.org. The Apollo Theater is located at 253 West 125th Street at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. For more information please visit the Apollo’s website or call -212-531-5305

Happy Mother’s Day!