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The municipality of São Pedro do Iguaçu (6,492 inhabitants in 2010; 30,833
ha) is located 570 km west of Curitiba.
São Pedro do Iguaçu was established in the 1960s by Benthein & Cia Ltda started the sale of properties to Banco do Estado do Paraná S/A – Banestado, owner of a considerable area, through bonds issued by the State. On 29 June 1963, St. Peter's day, a man named Donato built the first hut and coined the name of the new settlement for St. Peter.
The district of São Pedro was established by Municipal Law No. 571 promulgated on 23 October 1970, to be elevated a municipality by State Law No. 9,336 promulgated on 16 July 1990. The name of the new municipality was selected among three proposals, São Pedro do Oeste, São Pedro do Paraná and São Pedro do Iguaçu.
The flag of the municipality of São Pedro do Iguaçu was designed by heraldist and vexillologist Reynaldo Valaski, as follows.
a) The municipal flag shall be rectangular, in proportions 14 units in width on 20 units in length, pursuant Article 5 of Federal Law No. 5,700 promulgated on 1 January 1971.
b) The flag of the municipality of São Pedro do Iguaçu is composed of a white (silver) stripe in the center of the rectangle and two isosceles triangles in equal dimensions in blue (azure) and green (vert).
I – The blue (azure) isosceles triangle in the upper part of the rectangle symbolizes the firmament, the beautiful veil of Our Lady covering the entire territorial area of the municipality, heraldically symbolizing justice, truth, loyalty and beauty.
II – The white (argent) stripe in the center of the rectangle represents pure light, is the symbol of peace, friendship, work, prosperity, purity and religious spirit.
III – The green (vert) isosceles triangle in the lower part of the rectangle denotes faith, symbolizes the forests, the fields, the rich agricultural areas of the municipal territory, the freedom, the strength and the hope of all the people of the municipality of São Pedro do Iguaçu.
The coat of arms of the municipality of São Pedro do Iguaçu was designed by heraldist and vexillologist Reynaldo Valaski, as follows.
A classical Flemish-Iberian shield surmounted by a yellow (or) eight-towered mural crown illuminated in red (gules). A field bordered black (sable)divided into four quarters, an escutcheon and an irregular triangle, a sinuous horizontal line in the center, on the right (dexter) and on the left (sinister) plants proper, gears, a red (gules) scroll containing the toponym "São Pedro do Iguaçu" and in chronological abbreviations dexter "16–07–1990" and sinister "01–01–1993".
The description of the coat of arms in terms of heraldry has the following symbolic interpretation.
I - The classical Flemish Iberian shield used to represent the arms of São Pedro do Iguaçu originates from Germany, introduced in the Iberian peninsula during the fights against the Moors, starting to appear in Portuguese armorial, notably in domains' heraldry, being this style inherited in Brazilian heraldry, as evocative of the colonizing race and main builder of the nation.
II - The mural crown that surmounts it is the universal symbol of domains' coats of arms; yellow (or) with eight towers, only five of them visible in perspective drawing, it classifies a 3rd rank town, that is, the seat of a municipality. The red (gules) illumination is consistent with the attributes of pioneers and community leaders.
III – The first, right quarter features beautiful green (vert) forests, signs of deforestation for plantation, symbolizing the beginning of colonization and formation of today's municipality of São Pedro do Iguaçu.
IV - The second, right quarter features a classroom, a map of the state of Paraná, a terrestrial globe, books and a pen symbolizing education and culture of the municipality's people.
V – The escutcheon features the municipality's patron saint, St. Peter.
VI – The blue (azure) horizontal, sinuous line symbolizes rivers Santa Quitéria and São Francisco Falso, streams Arapongas and Apepu, and brooks Separação and Vital Brazil, which irrigate the fertile lands of São Pedro.
VII – The green color (vert) is the symbol of hope, freedom and strength while the blue color (azure) symbolizes nobleness, justice, perseverance, zeal, loyalty, recreation and beauty.
VIII - The lower, right quarter features a beautiful area of land, with a tractor being driven by a countryman, cultivating the rich and fertile lands of the municipal territory, symbolizing the areas with mechanized cultures of the municipality.
IX - The central, left quarter features the sun, beautiful plains, a pig's head, part of a bull, symbolizing pig breeding and cattle-breeding, below, poultry birds symbolizing aviculture, all sources of income for the Municipality.
X – The triangle features a handshake symbolizing the union of the constituted powers of the municipality with its people.
XI – The shield is supported right by wheat and soybeans, by left cotton and corn, all fructed proper, emphasizing the fertility of the generous soil of the municipality of São Pedro do Iguaçu as important products offered by fieldwork.
XII – The color yellow (or) is the image of maturity of judgment, representing nobleness, greatness and wealth, symbols of glory, splendor and sovereignty; brown symbolizes earth, vigor and honesty; white symbolizes pure light, integrity, obedience, vigilance, peace and order; the black line that surrounds the shield symbolizes prudence, moderation, austerity and firmness.
XIII – The gears above the scroll symbolize industry and represent the perfect interplay that exists between farming and commerce, since they are the two main sources of income and growth of the municipality.
XIV – The red (gules) scroll contains in the center the toponym "São Pedro do Iguaçu", on the right the chronological abbreviation 0"7-16-90", date of the creation of the municipality, and the chronological abbreviation "01-01-1993", solemn date of the political and administrative emancipation of the municipality of São Pedro do Iguaçu; red (gules) symbolizes strength, courage and triumph.
Ivan Sache, 9 February 2022