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Scores of actors brought Cinco de Mayo to life by reenacting the historic battle that the holiday celebrates. Cinco de Mayo marks the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, when Mexican troops defeated the French army of Napoleon III. (May 6)

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Mexico City - 5 May, 2013

1. Wide of actors re-enacting Battle of Puebla, smoke rising from fake guns

2. Mid of actors seen through smoke re-enacting Battle of Puebla, running towards each other with fake guns and swords

3. Mid tracking shot through smoke of re-enacted battle

4. Various of re-enacted battle

5. Various high shots of re-enactment

6. Close of lines actors pushing each other

7. Wide of lines of actors in re-enactment, some with straw hats

8. Close up of actors tussling with each other

9. Various of actors "fighting" with fake swords, guns and sticks

10. Wide of battle

11. Close of actors "fighting" with fake guns

STORYLINE:

Hundreds of people gathered to re-enact the Battle of Puebla as part of Cinco de Mayo celebrations in Mexico City on Sunday.

Cinco de Mayo marks the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, when Mexican troops defeated the French army of Napoleon III, then considered the mightiest military in the world.

The actors did battle with replica guns and swords during the three-hour event.

"For the people of Penon de Los Banos it is something beautiful to represent a battle won in Puebla to expel the French," said actor Francisco Sierra Aguilar.

The re-enactment has taken place every year for the last 82 years.

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto attended a military parade in the city of Puebla, where the original battle took place.

Almost 13-thousand people, including 5,526 soldiers, participated in the parade, authorities said.

Cinco de Mayo is considered a bigger holiday in the US, where people celebrate Mexican heritage with parades and revelry in many major cities.

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