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by Joseph McMillan
The symbols of Jacarezinho were established by laws no. 167 of 18 December 1953 and no. 505 of 19 June 1969. The flag is blue, divided into six parts by six white stripes surcharged with black stripes, with the coat of arms in the center on a white circle. It is described (inaccurately) as conforming to Portuguese traditions for municipal flags. The design follows the standard interpretation in which the coat of arms represents the municipal government, the circle the city in which it has its seat, the stripes the radiation of municipal power, and the segments of the field the rural areas of the municipality. According to www.fabiojuniorsoares.hpg.ig.com.br/simbolos1.htm, the then-president of the municipal council (apparently in 1969) requested the assistance of Arcinóe Antônio Peixoto de Faria to "correct" and prepare an illustration of the coat of arms that had been adopted in 1953 and to design the flag of Jacarezinho. The coat of arms is described as being on a Flemish-Iberian shield ensigned with a silver mural crown of eight towers. On a white field is a black stylized caiman rampant above three blue bars wavy. The shield is flanked by branches of coffee and sugar cane; the scroll is inscribed with the motto Ibit in sæcula (It will pass to posterity). Apart from the usual color symbolism that Peixoto attributes to all his designs, this is a canting coat of arms, since the Portuguese word for caiman is jacaré. Jacarezinho would mean "little caiman." The three bars wavy symbolize the three main rivers of the municipality, the Jacaré, the Paranapanema, and the Prata.
Joseph McMillan, 11 July 2002