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Piraquara, Paraná (Brazil)

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[Flag of Piraquara, PR (Brazil)] image by Ivan Sache, 7 February 2022
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About the Flag

The municipality of Piraquara (114,970 inhabitants in 2020; 22,704 ha) is located 25 km east of Curitiba.

The flag of Piraquara is prescribed by Municipal Law No. 8 promulgated on 29 May 1977.

Article 1.
The flag of the municipality of Piraquara is garnet, charged in the center with the officially prescribed coat of arms of Piraquara, with wheat, grapes and stone allegories.
Leis Municipais database

The coat of arms of Piraquara, in proportions 8 units in length on 12 units in width, consists of a shield formed by entering and protruding curves, bordered by a yellow (or) outline of 1/2 unit in width.
In the center of the shield, on a white background, a silver stone monument represents stone extraction and handicraft, which were started by the Portuguese and Spanish who settled in the place called Borda do Campo, at the foot of the Serra do Mar.
The shield is surmounted by a mural crown with six silver towers, only three of them visible. The representation of the mural crown alludes to the authorities constituted in the municipality by the executive and legislative powers.
The shield is supported to the right by three wheat plants fructed and to its left by three grapevine plants fructed all proper. These represent the primary crops established of the land by the Italian colonists, who brought several seedlings of fruit trees when they settled the place called Colônia Santa Maria.
Beneath the shield a white scroll is inscribed the following inscription in wine color (garnet). "29 DE JANEIRO DE 1890" is the date of inauguration of the municipality.

Colors meaning
Silver / White represents pure light. It symbolizes peace, prosperity, friendship, work, purity, and religious spirit.
Yellow is the image of maturity of judgment. It symbolizes nobleness, magnitude, and resources.
Green denotes faith. It symbolizes hope, freedom, and strength of nature.
Black belongs to the domain of intelligence. It symbolizes prudence, vigor, and honesty.
Wine / Garnet means sumptuousness and royalty. Its symbology is identified with the virtues and qualities of the red color: audacity, intrepidity, courage, and valiance.

The coat of arms was probably created between the late 1940s and the mid-1950s, although there is no record of an official adoption.
Some official documents from the 1950s, mostly from the Municipal Chamber, feature the design that possibly originated the current coat of arms. The minutes of the Municipal Chamber sessions do not include anything related to the adoption of this "primitive coat of arms”. If this happened, it was between 1948 and the first half of 1953, whose minutes book has been missing for some years.
There is also no way to know when the design that is used today was fixed. The design was initially single-colored, already alluding to stone extraction, and including wheat leaves, grapevine leaves and grapes, and the scroll with the date of inauguration of the municipality. The biggest difference, however, with the current coat of arms resides in the representation of the crown, which, in addition to being composed of five towers, had the apparent superposition of stone blocks and an opening in the central tower.
Municipal website

The flag in use has the coat if arms surmounted by "PIRAQUARA" in an arched pattern.


Image from Wikimedia Commons

Ivan Sache, 7 February 2022