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by Joseph McMillan
The flag is blue with a white cross between four white fleurs-de-lis. On a white lozenge is the municipal coat of arms, which depicts the holy statue of Our Lady of Aparecida above a tree and stream, the stream representing the river in which the figure was discovered in the 17th century. Aparecida is the foremost Marian shrine in Brazil; Nossa Senhora da Aparecida was approved by the Vatican and crowned as Patroness and Queen of Brazil, I believe in the early 20th century. The color blue and the fleur-de-lis are both traditional symbols for the Virgin Mary.
Joseph McMillan, 22 August 2002