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Cianorte, Paraná (Brazil)

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[Flag of Cianorte, PR (Brazil)] image by Ivan Sache, 1 February 2022
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About the Flag

The municipality of Cianorte (84,980 inhabitants in 2021; 81,167 ha) is located 550 km north-west of Curitiba. The municipality is composed of the districts of Cianorte (seat), São Lourenço (2,395 inh. in 2020) and Vidigal (1,974 inh.).

Cianorte was established on 26 July 1953 by Companhia Melhoramentos Norte do Paraná, therefore its name formed on "Cia", the abbreviation of "Companhia" and "norte". The town's main source of income was coffee cultivation, until frost events suppressed the crop in the late 1970s. Cianorte then turned to clothing industry; today the National Capital of Clothing, Cianorte has more than 460 companies and 600 brands, employing more than 15,000 workers, that is, more than 1/5 of the town's population. Regional indirect employment accounts for another 30,000 jobs. Most companies have their showroom on a street known as Fashion Street, which was completely revamped in 2006. Expovest, one of the main fairs dedicated to clothing in South Brazil, has been organized every year in Cianorte since 990.

https://www.cianorte.pr.gov.br/
Municipal website

The flag and arms of Cianorte are prescribed by Municipal Law No. 224 promulgated on 26 June 1974.

Article 6.
The municipal flag of Cianorte, designed by Arcinoe Antonio Peixoto de Faria, shall be quartered per saltire, the blue quarters being formed by four white stripes of 2 units in width superimposed with red stripes of 1 unit in width, placed two by two in bend and bend sinister, starting from the angles of a central white rectangle charged with the municipal coat of arms.
1. In compliance with the tradition of Portuguese heraldry, of which Brazil inherited its canons and rules, municipal flags shall be divided into eight, six, four or three parts, using the same color as the field of the coat of arms and featuring in the center or at hoist a geometric figure charged with the municipal coat of arms.
2. The municipal flag of Cianorte obeys the general rule, being quartered per saltire composed of stripes connecting the flag's cantons and crossing each other in the center, which features a geometric figure charged with the coat of arms. The coat of arms in the center of the flag symbolizes the municipal government while the white circle inscribing it represents the town proper as the seat of the municipality. The circle is the heraldic symbol of eternity, being a geometric figure without either a beginning or an end. White is a symbol of peace, friendship, work, prosperity, purity and religious spirit. The white stripes superimposed with red stripes symbolize the municipal power spreading to all the parts of the territory. Red is a symbol of dedication, patriotic love, audacity, intrepidity, courage and valiance. The blue quarters represent the rural estates existing on the municipal territory. Blue is a symbol of justice, nobleness, perseverance, zeal and loyalty.

Article 7.
In compliance with heraldic rules, the municipal flag shall have the official dimensions prescribed for the national flag, 14 units in width on 20 units in length.

Article 19.
The coat of arms of the municipality of Cianorte is described in proper heraldic language as follows:
A Samnite shield surmounted by an eight-towered mural crown argent. On a field azure a honeycomb or four bees argent in canton; a terrestrial globe argent with continents gules in base a hunting horn outlined argent.
The shield supported dexter and sinister by branches of coffee fructed proper crossed in base superimposed with a scroll gules inscribed in letters argent the toponym "CIANORTE" surrounded by years "1953" and "1963".

The coat of arms shall have the following symbolic interpretation.
a) The Samnite shield used to represent the arms of Cianorte was the first style of shield introduced to Portugal by French influence; inherited by Brazilian heraldry, it evokes the colonizing race, main builder of the Brazilian nation.
b) The mural crown surmounting the shield is the universal symbol of domains' coats of arms; argent (silver), with eight towers, only five of them visible in perspective view, it classifies a 2nd rank town, seat of a county.
c) Azure (blue) is a symbol of justice, nobleness, perseverance, zeal and loyalty; or is a symbol of glory, splendor, greatness, wealth and sovereignty.
d) The bees are a symbol of the efficient work that built the town's greatness.
e) Argent (silver) is the heraldic symbol of peace, friendship, work, prosperity, purity and religious spirit.
f) The terrestrial globe symbolizes the melting-pot of races coming from all over the world and contributing through their work and knowledge to the progress of a cosmopolitan town.
g) Gules (red) is a symbol of dedication, patriotic love, audacity, intrepidity, courage and valiance.
h) The hunting horn represents cattle-breeding as one of the municipality's main sources of income.
i) The outer ornaments, branches of coffee fructed proper, represent the main crop offered by the fertile and generous land.
j) The scroll is inscribed with the toponym surrounded by dates of foundation ("1953") and elevation to a county ("1963").

https://leismunicipais.com.br/a/pr/c/cianorte/lei-ordinaria/1974/23/224/lei-ordinaria-n-224-1974-dispoe-sobre-a-forma-e-a-apresentacao-dos-simbolos-do-municipio-de-cianorte-e-da-outras-providencias
Leis Municipais database

The flags in use differ by the width of the red stripes and the size of the white circle.

Photos
- large red stripes
https://www.facebook.com/prefeituradecianorte/photos/2022595777892799
https://www.facebook.com/prefeituradecianorte/photos/2019253474893696
https://www.facebook.com/prefeituradecianorte/photos/2017899981695712
https://www.facebook.com/CamaradeVereadoresdeCianorte/photos/6534465086565357

- thinner red stripes
https://www.facebook.com/prefeituradecianorte/photos/2018419138310463
https://www.facebook.com/prefeituradecianorte/photos/1985601978258846
https://www.facebook.com/CamaradeVereadoresdeCianorte/photos/6549279061750626
https://www.facebook.com/CamaradeVereadoresdeCianorte/photos/6448691851809348

[Flag of Cianorte, PR (Brazil)] image by Ivan Sache, 1 February 2022

- very thin red stripes, small circle
https://www.facebook.com/prefeituradecianorte/photos/2018664761619234

[Flag of Cianorte, PR (Brazil)] image by Ivan Sache, 1 February 2022