Rest in peace Holly B.
On the passing of our beloved cultural icon, Mr. Holly Betaudier (1925-2016)
The National Parang Association of Trinidad and Tobago (NPATT) is bereaved at the passing of Mr. Holly Betaudier, esteemed son of the soil and great contributor to our cultural landscape.
We are extremely grateful for his priceless contributions to the Parang art form, particularly for his pioneering programme "Holly's Parang Bandwagon" which was aired on Trinidad and Tobago Television (TTT). We are moreover pleased that Mr. Betaudier's legacy in Parang has been kept alive as the programme continues through his son Holly Jr. who also serves as the host of our annual Junior Parang Festival.
Mr. Holly Betaudier was born in Santa Rosa, Arima and was fondly referred to as "the Arima Kid". He was very instrumental in the careers of many of our best known entertainers over the last six decades through his other well-known television programme “Scouting for Talent”.
On behalf of the President, members of our Executive Management Committee, Honorary members and all represented parranderos and parang groups of NPATT, we extend our deepest condolences to Mr. Betaudier's wife, children, relatives and the entire national community.
Thank you Holly. May your soul rest in eternal peace and joy with the Lord.
¡Viva la parranda!