Activities next week before the big bonfire night

A week of activities in Torrevieja’s Molinos del Calvario neighbourhood are planned for the run up to the Hogueras de San Juan fiesta on June 24th.

Alicante province is renowned for its midsummer celebrations, which consist of bonfires on the beaches, fireworks and constructing huge satirical sculptures called ninots, which are burned on the night.

Councillor Domingo Pérez encouraged more neighbourhoods to get involved in years to come, promising the town hall would support them.

This year’s senior and children’s Hogueras will be unveiled at 9:30pm on Saturday. The senior one is called ‘Summer all year round’ and has been made in Xátiva by Xavi Herrero. All that was revealed about its theme is that it focuses on politics and the local press.

On Sunday June 17th at 7:30pm there will be a parade around the streets by the Torrevieja Musical society “Los Salerosos”, festive street lighting will be turned on and there will be free mona cake with hot chocolate.

During the week there will be games for children, prize raffles, discos, performances by dance schools and a show by Drag Imperio (Drag Empire) to link in with the Gay Pride celebrations.

On Saturday June 23rd there will be a Star Wars parade and photo opportunity in aid of the Duchenne Muscular Distrophy Syndrome Association. At 2pm there will be a big firecracker display (mascletá) in the Plaza del Molino and a giant paella for all at just €2 per portion.

The big day, June 24th, will start early with a parade by Los Salerosos, followed by firecrackers, music and a prize raffle.

The climax will come at 1am when the children’s Hoguera is burned first and then the senior one.