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Tultepec 2015

WHAT: Tultepec 2015
WHEN: 1ST – 15TH MARCH 2015

Since 1989 the Town of Tultepec in Mexico has played host to this incredible annual event which continues to fascinate and amaze, but not always for the right reasons!

This festival has within it all the necessary ingredients to make it unmissable for those who are visiting or live in the area – loads of fireworks, fun, delicious local food (mmmm …. Mexican) and more than a small tinge of danger. Held in honour of St John, patron Saint of Firefighters (good job really!), hospitals and medical staff, the town of Tultepec is home to around 120,000 people (in the whole municipality) and around a quarter of them all work in the fireworks industry.

One of the main features of the feast is ‘The Pamplonada Pirotecnia Toritos’ where over 200 hand-made ‘firework bulls’, packed to the rafters with around 400 fireworks each and stand at around 10 – 12 feet high – HUGE. As the bull is pulled into the town square, the fireworks are lit and all hell breaks loose as one after another are fired. The locals find themselves in the midst of explosions going off at all angles so not for the feint of heart but in the UK the firework police would be all over it – think in terms of the Sussex Bonfire Societies and you are on the right track.

There are over 6 hours of constant entertainment and all manner of crackers, mechanical fireworks (Catherine wheels) alongside the pyro-musical offerings. Let’s face it, with crowds of over 100,000 expected there has to be plenty of entertainment on offer:

Pyro musical competition
Rides and amusements
Open air concerts
Traditional and contemporary dance
Regional foods
Mass lantern release


Annual Cinco de Mayo Fiesta Fireworks


For anyone fortunate enough to be in Mexico over the May Bank Holiday, this is one of those events to put on your list if you are a firework and a chilli lover.

The City of Pueblo has held the brilliant Cinco de Mayo spectacular for a great many years. In history, back in 1862, the French armies were fighting their way to Mexico City where they were to force the local government to honour previous debts to their Country. Of course, the Mexican government were reticent to make payment and particularly under threat.

On paper, the French were an unbeatable adversary as they were a fully armed, fully trained force of fighting men whereas the Mexican forces were untrained with few weapons. However, on 5th May 1862 the underdogs from Mexico took them on and astonishingly won!

Since this time, the locals have held celebrations in recognition of this and although it is still enjoyed and is really another excuse to eat, drink and get merry – a bit like a St Patrick’s day!

Whilst there are celebrations across Mexico and those in Pueblo are probably the most traditional, other major cities across the US have similar parties.

On offer, live entertainment, regional food concessions (don’t you just love burritos!) fairground attractions and family fun and of course, as darkness falls the skies will light up with beautiful effects and noise as the fireworks come out in full force.

We have included a couple of photographs from around the world from the 2013 celebrations for you to get a taste of Cinco de Mayo – enjoy.


The National Pyrotechnic Festival Tultepec Mexico 2014

WHAT: The 26th National Pyrotechnic Festival 2014
WHERE: Tultepec, Mexico
WHEN: 1st March to 10th March 2014

Each year, visitors flock to the region of Tultepac, Mexico between the 1st and 10th March for the National Pyrotechnic Festival.

This year’s event is the 26th of its kind and is held for St John, patron saint of the Pyrotechnics Guild.

This week-long spectacular includes some weird and wacky events including the Castillo de Torre or Tower Fireworks Competition and a magnificent Musical Fireworks Competition featuring seven of Mexico’s best firework display teams. Unfortunately, the event is not yet open to international competitors, which is a bit of a shame but the week is packed full of fun and fireworks of all types including mechanical, musical and the ‘burning of the bulls’.

Throughout the week, there will be fireworks, rides and attractions including small ‘toy’ fireworks, pyro musical competition and of course a number of other fireworks displays.

One of the main features of this magical occasions the ‘Pamplonas’ which translates as the ‘running of the bulls’ which involves 250-300 bull shaped wagons loaded with thousands of rumble down the cobbled streets and always firing pyro in each and every direction. If you aren’t moving pretty sharply you could end up being hit by the person by trying to dodge the rockets, flares and firecrackers.

Not for the faint-hearted as you could no doubt see from the pictures but a fabulous event nevertheless.