February 18, 2010 14:28 ET

RCN to Be Gold Supporter of the Lunar New Year Parade & Festival Held Sunday, February 21

Company to Also Participate in Flushing's Lunar New Year Firecracker Ceremony This Saturday

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - February 18, 2010) - In celebration of Chinese New Year, RCN-New York City (NASDAQ: RCNI), a local provider of high-speed internet, digital cable TV with high definition and unlimited phone service, is participating in the 11th Annual Lunar New Year Parade & Festival and Flushing's Lunar New Year Firecracker Ceremony. The company invites the community to attend these exciting cultural events, where attendees can stop by RCN's booth for giveaways and to enter a raffle.

RCN is a Gold Supporter of the Lunar New Year Festival, which is one of the most popular events of the year in New York City. The celebration will be held Sunday, February 21 from 11:30 am - 4 pm. The parade, which is expected to draw more than 400,000 people, will include floats, marching bands, lion and dragon dancers, beauty queens, Asian and Hispanic musical performers, magicians and acrobats, local organizations and antique cars. It will begin in Little Italy at the corner of Mott and Hester Streets and continue through Chinatown and end at the Lower East Side on Grand Street by Sara Roosevelt Park. An outdoor cultural festival will be held at Sara Roosevelt Park at Canal and Forsyth Streets. It will feature booths and performances by musicians, dancers and martial artists.

Now in its 14th year, 4,000 people are expected to march in Flushing's Lunar New Year Parade. The procession ends with the Lunar New Year Firecracker Ceremony where there will be a children's choir, music, folk performances, Chinese calligraphy and fireworks. The indoor festival will be at Queens Crossing 136-17 39th Avenue in Flushing on Saturday, February 20 from 1pm - 3pm.

"We're pleased to be part of these family-friendly celebrations," said RCN-New York City Vice President & General Manager Tony Ontiveros. "As a leading provider of international programming, RCN understands the importance for our multicultural subscribers to stay connected to their native roots and wishes gong xi fa cái to the Chinese-American community."

Today, RCN has more than 500 international viewing choices, including more than 90 linear channels, covering 15 different language groups, surpassing many other competitor offerings. With RCN's Global Passport tier of international programming, subscribers have the opportunity to tune into three Chinese networks. For more information, please visit

About RCN Corporation

RCN Corporation (NASDAQ: RCNI),, is a competitive broadband services provider delivering all-digital and high definition video, high-speed internet and premium voice services to residential and small-medium business customers under the brand names of RCN and RCN Business Services, respectively. In addition, through its RCN Metro Optical Networks business unit, RCN delivers fiber-based high-capacity data transport services to large commercial customers, primarily large enterprises and carriers, targeting the metropolitan central business districts in the company's geographic markets. RCN's primary service areas include Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Lehigh Valley (PA), New York City, Boston and Chicago. (RCNI-G)

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