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Pirapo, Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil)

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The municipality of Pirapó (3,349 inhabitants; 28,700 ha) is located on the border with Argentina, 600 km north-west of Porto Alegre.

Pirapó is named for a Tupi-Guarani word meaning "fish's jump", as a reference to the abundant fishes that jumped over the waterfalls of river Ijuí.
Pirapó was established in 1903 as Colônia Sommer, by Henrique Sommer (1852-1923) and 12 families coming from the valley of Pigs' River. Sommer established a port and operated a boat; when he died, his son, Evaldo, succeeded him as the owner of a big fleet that sailed to Uruguaiana on river Uruguai.
The municipality of Pirapó was established by State Law No. 8,425 promulgated on 30 November 1987, separating from São Nicolau and São Luiz Gonzaga, and inaugurated on 1 January 1989.

Ivan Sache, 2 August 2020


The flag of Pirapó is prescribed by Municipal Law No. 146 promulgated on 6 August 1990.

Article 2.
The flag of the municipality of Pirapó is composed of three panels: yellow, white and green, in usual shades, green and yellow forming right-angled triangles and white forming a quadrilateral descending between the two triangles, the green triangle's right-angle in upper right and the yellow triangle's right angle in lower left. Charged in the center with the coat of arms of the municipality prescribed by Municipal Law No. 89 promulgated on 13 December 1989.

The flag shall be 14 units in width on 20 units in length, the quadrilateral being located 7 units in width of the top left side and 7 units in width of the bottom right side. The coat of arms is distant of 7 units from the hoist and of 4 units from the flag's lower edge.
Leis Municipais database

The coat of arms of Pirapó is prescribed by Municipal Law No. 89 promulgated on 20 December 1989.

Article 2.
The coat of arms of the municipality of Pirapó is composed of a Portuguese shield divided into two quarters; in the upper part, on a green field, a red missionary cross, indicating the origin of the municipality and of the region where it is located, and, outlined in black, a bovine and a pig, representing cattle-breeding in the municipality.
a) In the lower quarter, on a field or, outlined in black, two axes, representing the bravery of the first German colonists who arrived in the beginning of the century. Below the axes, in black, the writing "30.11.1987", date of creation of the municipality.
b) The shield supported right by a branch of soybean fructed proper and left by a maize plant with fructed cobs proper, representing the municipality's main sources of income.
c) Beneath the shield a red scroll gules inscribed "PIRAPÓ", in black.
d) The shield surmounted by a five-towered mural crown argent.

Article 3.
The colors and quarters convey feelings of patriotism, love for the land and the moral and spiritual traits of the municipality's population.
Leis Municipais database

Image from Resgatando de História de Pirapóúdos/620/Historia_275O.pdf

Pirapo, RS (Brazil) image by Ivan Sache, 2 August 2020

The municipality appears to used a different flag, with the same colors but arranged on the model of the flag of Rio Grande do Sul


Ivan Sache, 2 August 2020