The Battle of Cinco de Mayo

By David Johanssen

Late in 1861, a well-armed French fleet stormed Veracruz, landed a large French force and drove President Juárez into retreat. Moving on from Veracruz towards Mexico City, the French army encountered heavy resistance from the Mexicans close to Puebla. The 8,000-strong French army attacked the much smaller and poorly equipped Mexican army of 4,000, yet on May 5, 1862, the Mexicans managed to decisively crush the French army.

Documentary and Discussion
Secrets of the Maya Underworld
Sat, May 2, 5pm
50 pesos

Cinco de Mayo La Batalla
(English subtitles)
Tue, May 5, 4pm
50 pesos

Live Music
Open Mic
Tue, May 5, 7:30pm
30 pesos (includes drink)

Documentary and Discussion
Fastwalkers UFO and Alien Disclosure
Thu, May 7, 3pm
50 pesos

Live Concert
The Cuban Trio
Sat, May 9, 7:30pm
150 pesos

All events in Shelter Theater
Vicente Guerrero 4

Cinco de Mayo is celebrated in the United States and in Mexico, primarily in the state of Puebla, where the holiday is called “El Día de la Batalla de Puebla” (The Day of the Battle of Puebla). Time magazine remarks, “The Puebla victory came to symbolize unity and pride for what seemed like a Mexican David defeating a French Goliath.”

Tuesday, May 5, at 4pm, celebrate Cinco de Mayo at Shelter Theater as we present Cinco de Mayo La Batalla (with subtitles in English). This 2013 film directed by Rafa Lara recounts this legendary battle. 50 pesos.

Saturday, May 2, at 5pm, join us for a documentary and discussion: Secrets of the Maya Underworld. Beneath the jungle-clad temples of Mexico’s Yucatán, a startling discovery has been made: the largest network of flooded caves and underground rivers in the world. The intrepid cave divers exploring this surreal landscape have discovered bizarre new animals, as well as the skeletons of the ancient Maya. 50 pesos.

Tuesday, May 5, at 7:30pm: Open Mic. You don’t need to perform, but if you want your 10 minutes of fame, then this is the place for you! Regulars call it the “Cheers bar” of San Miguel. You can do anything you want for 10 minutes as long as you are absolutely riveting. 30 pesos (includes drink).

Thursday, May 7, at 3pm, join us for a documentary and discussion: Fastwalkers UFO and Alien Disclosure. Amazing UFO photos and video footage you were never meant to see. Hear witnesses and abductees share their amazing testimonies! Discover the truth about extraterrestrial contact and the truth about Earth’s reality in its existence among more advanced civilizations in the universe. 50 pesos.

Shelter Theater is part of the Shelter VG4 Cultural Center, located at Vicente Guerrero 4, a 10-minute walk from the Jardín. Telephone 154 7524 or visit to see upcoming films and events. Taxi concierge service available to/from “Teatro Shelter.”


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