Bufa la Gamba at the ‘Hogueras de San Juan’ Alicante 2022


2022 was a very good year for the Carnaval troupe ‘Bufa La Gamba’. They received two awards during the annual Carnaval festival and have been invited to participate in three other events this year including the Hogueras de San Juan celebration in Alicante. I was lucky to be invited to come along and document the entire trip and parade.

We all met in front of the Hotel Fontana on Ramon Gallud in Torrevieja and boarded a chartered bus just for us. There were also three other carnaval troupes from Torrevieja that were also invited.

Waiting for the bus

On the bus bus ride to Alicante the troupe members started helping each other prepare for the event.

We arrived in Alicante and walked into the Ayutamiento de Alicante, or City Hall where the troupes all prepared for the parade.

It was time to line up. But not before having a photo shoot of all the troupes from Torrevieja outside City Hall.

Waiting, Waiting, Waiting. The Torrevieja troupes brought quite the sound system. I think it may have shocked and rocked the parade!

In addition to the parade there are an incredible number of monuments created by local artists around town that will all be burned through out the night, starting at around 10pm and lasting until about 4am the next day! Yes, all these structures were burned in the city surrounded by festival goers as fire trucks stood by!

When Bufa La Gamba and the rest of the Torrevieja troupes made their way down the street the crowd always went wild with clapping and dancing! It was a moving party.

It was a fun trip to our nearest larger city with the Bufa La Gamba carnaval troupe. Below is the full video of the adventure.

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Tony and Terri-Lynn met in 1987 as teenagers. In 1991 they were married.  Tony has been a professional musician his entire life and spent the 90’s touring and releasing albums.  In 2001 the couple left the cities and moved to a small community on the Oregon coast. This is where they fell into television production and film making. In 2004 Makai Ohana Productions was founded and the couple produced advertising and creative content for hundreds of tourism related businesses and government entities in Southern Oregon and Northern California. Realizing the industry was evolving towards the internet they re-branded the business in 2012 to Xplore Film.  This company would now be an international business producing films world wide as well as an NGO in West Africa where the couple provides clean water boreholes, scholarships and even a prosthetic hand project.

In 2018 Tony and Terri-Lynn with their dog Bisque Kitt packed the belongings they could carry on their backs and flew to Spain. They bought a home and planned to spend equal time between the two countries running the business.  Then Covid hit and the world closed.  By 2020 they realized Spain, and specifically Torrevieja was now home.  They bought a sailboat and started to create a life on the Costa Blanca of music, film, events and community.


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