Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade to feature Stamford talent

Among the more than 8,000 participants in this year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade there will be a quartet of performers with ties to Stamford.

David Rutstein, Lindsey Hartfelder, Alex Beltran and Nelson Desmond, all alumni from the Stamford and Westhill high schools marching bands, will be performing with the University of Massachusetts Minutemen Marching Band, which will be among the 11 bands from across the country taking to the route.

The band, with is more than 400 members, will gain a national audience at about 11:24 a.m. when they are set to perform before the reviewing stand at Herald Square. Although the band has made appearances in three Presidential Inaugural Parades, 2013 marks the first time it will be in the Macy’s event, according to a news release from the university.

In its 87th year, the parade will feature bands, performance groups, floats, balloons and celebrity performances. The broadcast begins on NBC on Thursday at 9 a.m.

Along the route, the band known as “The Power and Class of New England” will play “Fight Mass,” “God Bless America,” and “Roll Down the Field.” Once in front of Macy’s, you can expect to hear “Big Noise From Winnetka.” (You can see a previous performance below).

Connecticut also will be represented in the float category. Norwalk-based Pepperidge Farm also will have a one in the parade featuring one of its popular snacks, Goldfish.

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Christina Hennessy