THE QUAINT CITY of Ponchatoula has a small town feel with big city amenities. We are rich in culture with our outdoor public art, our theater and our antique, art and collectibles galleries.
As part of the city’s 2019–2020 budget, the city will create a Downtown Development District to assist in business growth and explore the availability of grants and low interest loans to assist shops in making improvements not only to their buildings, but also to their business plans.
Ponchatoula continues to enjoy a healthy financial status. Over the past 15 years, we have seen the city’s assessed valuation increase by 70% as a result of residential, commercial and industrial investments made in our community. Sales tax collections also have shown steady growth as a result of the numerous retail businesses that have located here.
Behind the scenes, the City has had numerous capital outlay improvement projects completed during recent years and continues to develop others. Most of these projects have been made possible with matching grants from federal and state agencies.
We invite you to visit Ponchatoula to enjoy our downtown shopping and delicious restaurants. On April 12-14, the city will celebrate its 48th annual Strawberry Festival in Memorial Park. This is the largest free festival in the state and features our local strawberries. Enjoy great food, music stages, rides and entertainment. Our award-winning Strawberry Festival Parade rolls Saturday, April 13 at 9:30 am.
Before you head home, be sure to take a selfie in front of our 9-foot strawberry in our new 90-car parking lot on Hickory Street.
For more information, visit cityofponchatoula.com and lastrawberryfestival.com.