is a term which identifies a custom belonging to Trinidad's hispanic heritage. The word itself is neither Spanish nor English.
It is the colloquial term for parran,
the abbreviation of parranda,
which is a Spanish word meaning a spree, or a group of more then four people who go out at night singing
to the accompaniment of musical instruments.
There are two theories about the origins of Trinidad's parang.
The first theory is that the custom was introduced from Spain during the Spanish occupation of Trinidad (1498-1797) which adapted to the social environment of the island. It was influenced by contact with neighbouring Venezuela and kept flourishing after the Spanish capitulation to Britain in 1797 through continued communications with Venezuela.
The second theory suggests that the custom came from Spain to Trinidad via Venezuela during the Spanish administration of the island and was continued after the Capitulation because of constant interchange between the people of Trinidad and Venezuela.
In view of the nature and circumstance of the history of Spanish settlement in Trinidad, it seems that the first theory is the more plausible.
( From Daphne Pawan-Taylor’s “Parang of Trinidad”)