Last modified: 2003-09-06 by joe mcmillan
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by Joseph McMillan
Adopted 17 July 1970; modified 10 April 1987
The flag appears to be yet another Peixoto de Faria design, as it is typical
of his work. The field is dark blue with three narrow horizontal
yellow-red-yellow bands, with the coat of arms on a yellow pentagon at the
hoist. [Note: The image on the official website shows a very narrow flag
that probably does not represent the actual ratio. I have expanded the top
and bottom to yield the 7:10 ratio normal for Peixoto de Faria's flags (as
for most other Brazilian flags), which still gives a pentagon rather than a
triangle in the hoist.] The coat of arms was adopted by municipal law no.
1133 of 17 July 1970 and altered by municipal law no. 2333 of 10 April 1987.
The blue field is for the excellent climate of the area. The silver lion
symbolizes the strength, greatness, and nobility of the people. The wavy
fess, blue on a green field, represents the Rio São Domingos. The black
cogwheel represents industrial development. The presence of the orange
branch and sugar cane alongside the coffee shows the diversification of the
rural economy away from the old coffee monoculture. The colors are
otherwise assigned their normal significance in Brazilian civic heraldry.
Source: Official municipal website
Joseph McMillan, 2 April 2003