A Mardi Gras party will kick off the Little Miss Firecracker pageant that begins at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, July 2, in the Performing Arts Center at Johnstown-Monroe High School.

A Mardi Gras party will kick off the Little Miss Firecracker pageant that begins at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, July 2, in the Performing Arts Center at Johnstown-Monroe High School.

Pageant director Joanne Schwab said the audience will be entertained as they watch 13 young ladies perform a very "jazzy and fun number" with Mardi Gras beads and masquerade feather masks.

Little Miss Firecracker 2009 Amy Patton will sing a number to introduce this year's contestants and entertain the audience.

Amy, daughter of Randy and Letha Patton, performed "Fifty Nifty States," showcasing the talent that took her to victory in last year's pageant.

The 2010 little "princesses," their ages and parents are: Jenna Ashbrook, 4, Tony and Kaitlyn Ashbrook; Abby Adams, 5, Nate and Jennifer Adams; Adrieana Dassylva, 6, Robert and Julie Dassylva; Taylor Goodin, 5, Ryan and Amy Goodin; Anna Hazelbaker, 6, Jay and Kim Hazelbaker; Sydney Huetter, 6, Jim and Susan Huetter; Lauren Mahle, 6, Andy and Amanda Mahle; Emma McCombs, 5, Shawn and Stephanie McCombs; Keyara Rausch, 4, Matt and Marcy Rausch; Lillian Robinson, 5 and Sydney Robinson, 6, Greg and Stacey Robinson; Bailey Stranges, 6, Joshua and Holly Stranges; Adalynn Triplett, 5, Mike and Courtney Triplett.

All the contestants are from Johnstown with the exception of Huetter, of Utica.

The contestants will be judged based on categories including talent, modeling and interview, Schwab said.

Most of the girls will sing as their talent, she added, while a couple are dancing and performing gymnastics.

Schwab said this year's Mardi Gras theme was chosen in conjunction with the theme of the July 10 Fireman's Festival parade.

"It has been a lot of fun," she said. "With this being my first year, it has been a smooth transition."

Duties of Little Miss Firecracker include appearances in parades in Johnstown and other area communities.

There is no cost for admission to Friday's Little Miss Firecracker pageant, but food donations for the Johnstown Northridge Food Pantry are encouraged.

Little Miss Firecracker is sponsored by the American Legion Post 254 and the Fourth of July Committee.