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image by Dirk Schönberger,
5 December 2012
Vertically banded red-white-red, 1-2-1, with the coat of arms in the centre.
Official website at
Dirk Schönberger, 5 December 2012
The symbols of Marília are prescribed in Article 2.1 of the Municipal Constitution, adopted on 4 April 1990 and last amended on 26 June 2012, as "the flag, the anthem and the coat of arms, representative of its culture and history". Articles 2.3 and 2.4, added on 26 June 2012, say that the official colours of the municipality are "red and white", and that any modification of the symbols should be submitted to a referendum (those two paragraphs are a straightforward consequence of the Decision of the Court that nullified the change in the symbols prescribed in 2005 - see below.)
http://www.marilia.sp.gov.br/prefeitura/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/Lei_Organica.pdf - Municipal Constitution
The flag of Marília was originally prescribed by Municipal Law No. 2251, adopted in 1978. Red represents coffee while white represents cotton.
The red stripes were changed to blue stripes by Municipal Law No. 6,230 of 23 March 2005. According to the Mayor, Mário Bulgarelli, and to the Municipal Councillor Eduardo Nascimento, President of the Commission of Historical Registers, the colour was hung to blue to match the colour of the Marília Atlético Clube, the town football club; Nascimento added that 80% of the population of the town consider that blue is the colour of Marília.
Jefferson Aparecido Dias, a citizen of Marília and also the Procurator
of the Republic, appealed the flag change to the São Paulo Justice
Court, arguing that the change in the colours is a fait accompli that
was imposed to the population without any consultation. On 16 March
2010, the Court nullified the Law that had changed the flag and
ordered the reestablishment of the original flag (with red stripes) as
the sole official flag of the town. The Court stated that a municipal
symbol, base on heraldic and historical research, could not be
changed by a simple Law reflecting personal preferences of the
administrators of the time.
http://www.conjur.com.br/2010-mai-10/tj-sao-paulo-determina-bandeira-marilia-volte-cor-original - Mayara Barreto, "Consultor Jurídico", 10 May 2012
http://www.correiomariliense.com.br/materia.php?materia=4354 - "Correio Mariliense", 13 May 2010 http://s.conjur.com.br/dl/decisao-tj-sao-paulo-relacao-cor.pdf - Court Decision
The flag hoisted in the town has red stripes, but of the same width as the central white stripe.
http://antonioguilherme.net/fotos/?p=3290 http://noroestino.blogspot.fr/2010/07/hauhuahuahuahuhauhauhuahuahuhauhuahuaha.html http://i1151.photobucket.com/albums/o634/Moraes_Campos/SDC12952_800x600.jpg
Photo of the flag with blue stripe:
http://www.aipomesp.com.br/images/9reg_marilia_bandeiras.jpg (blue stripes)
Ivan Sache, 26 January 2013
image located by Eugene Ipavec, 18
This variant was reported on Wikipedia several years ago. (see explanation above)
image by Ivan Sache, 26 January 2013