Although attendance at the Tultepec Firework Festival is said to be around 5,000 a year, mainly from residents from this area north of Mexico City, it is still fairly unknown to tourists and adventure seekers from outside the county. Visiting a firework festival is a very enlightening way to learn about a regions culture, history and traditions – especially as they pertain to pyrotechnics. Since Tultepec is a big firework producing hub of Mexico, it makes perfect sense that some of the displays entering competition here are quite a sight to see.
Pyrotechnic professionals vie off with one another in a series of competitions where firework “castillos” or castles are made in the shape of bulls, animals and other cultural icons of the country. Made from light-wood and covered in paper-mache, these castillos are painted in the lively colors of Mexico by local artisans. In addition to these firework animals, large sets will be constructed that, when lit, explode into a series of flashes, sparks and spinning wheels.
In this picture, the skeleton of a tower-like firework set (above) awaits its destiny in the minutes before being ignited. While it may look eerily white and lifeless against the dark sky, as soon as the fire hits fuse it will erupt into a series of mind-dizzying effects that make the audience go wild. This particular structure has a number of firework wheels that spin around with color light centers designed in the shape of roosters, eagle warriors, birds, bulls and other designs (see photo right).
If you are visiting the Mexico City area any time soon, time your trip to coincide with the Tultepec Firework Festival which is usually in March. Or, just stop by and check out the unique and inexpensive fireworks for sale in the market. Or, if you can’t wait, you can get all the fireworks and supplies you need such as (firecrackers, fountains, fuse, aerials, and more) at