Santa Claus is coming to Ponchatoula.

The annual Ponchatoula Christmas parade will be at 5 p.m. Dec. 13, and the Ponchatoula Chamber of Commerce is now taking applications for marching groups, churches and organizations.

The theme of this year’s parade is “Cartoon Characters on Parade.” The parade will line up at Ponchatoula Memorial Park, travel east down La. 22/Pine St. and disband at Ponchatoula Junior High. The best marching group, small vehicle and float registrants will receive a trophy.

In the event Ponchatoula High School’s football team is in the playoffs at the New Orleans Mercedes Benz Superdome, the parade will roll at 6 p.m. Dec. 16.

Those interested in registering may contact the Ponchatoula Chamber of Commerce at (985) 386-2536 or visit the Chamber website at http://ponchatoulachamber.com and click the ‘Event Calendar’ link at the top of the page. Payment and participation forms must be submitted on or before Dec. 6.