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The municipality of Grande Rios (6,625 inhabitants in 2010; 30,931 ha) is
located 375 km north-west of Curitiba.
Grandes Rios was established in 1951 by Olympio Nogueira Monteiro, who established Imobiliária Cidade de Grandes Rios and sold plots to colonists who grew coffee. The district of Grandes Rios was established by State Law No. 5,161 promulgated on 21 June 1965, to be elevated a municipality, separating from Cândido de Abreu, by State Law No. 5,514 promulgated on 11 December 1967, and inaugurated on 14 March 1967.
The flag and arms of Grandes Rios are prescribed by Municipal Law No. 125 promulgated in 1978.
The flag of the municipality of Grandes Rios was imagined by Dr. João Darci dos Santos, odontologist, professor and municipal employee, and designed by Dr. Nelson Bittencourt Prado, from Instituto Histórico Geográfico Paranaense.
The flag of the municipality of Grandes Rios is in proportions 14 units in width on 20 units in length, rectangular, vertically divided in three parts, the lateral parts red and the central part argent (substituted by white in the cloth) charged with the municipal coat of arms, in dimension 5 units, that is one third of the hoist.
§1. The proportions of the municipal flag of Grandes Rios are those of the national flag.
§2. The flag's reverse and obverse shall be identical, in compliance with the rules of vexillology.
Red recalls development based on natural resources, resulting from struggle, audacity, highness, sacrifice, perseverance and glory, represented in the build-up of a nation unified by Brazilian feeling. White is a symbol of peace, friendship, purity, innocence, beauty, felicity, integrity, equity and truth. The coat of arms represents a municipality of most recent formation and colonization of particular origin, officially inaugurated on 14 March 1967.
The coat of arms of the municipality of Grandes Rios was imagined by Dr. João Darci dos Santos, odontologist, professor and municipal employee, designed by Dr. Nelson Bittencourt Prado, from Instituto Histórico Geográfico Paranaense, and drawn by Benjamin Burigo Filho, a graphic artist from Paraná.
The coat of arms of the municipality of Grandes Rios is composed of a rounded-off Portuguese shield, red with a white pall, looking like a bifide tau cross, charged with four stars voided, one of them, six-pointed, superimposed to a Paraná pine (Araucaria brasiliensis) eradicated proper, placed in the pall's center; another three four-pointed stars voided cantonning the pall. In chief's center an escutcheon with the arms of the Botelhe. The shield surmounted by a mural crown argent shaped like a stylized fortress of Nostra Senhora dos Prazeres, which is located in the north-north-west part of Honey Island (on Morro dos Baleias) at the entrance of the Bay of Paranaguá.
The shield supported dexter by a branch of Paraná pine (Araucaria brasiliensis) proper interlaced with wheat (Triticum vulgare) plants fructed proper and sinister by a branch of coffee (Coffea arabica) fructed proper interlaced with wheat (Triticum vulgare) plants fructed proper, all tied in base over a cogwheel or supporting a red scroll inscribed with "14 de Março de 1967" and the toponym "Grandes Rois", all argent.
Ivan Sache, 2 February 2022