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Pelotas, Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil)

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The flag is a vertical triband, light blue-white-light blue, with the coat of arms on the center. The coat of arms was designed by Artur Henrique Foerstnow and adopted in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of Pelotas on 24 October 1961. The field is divided quarterly, (1) blue with an Indian rowing a hide-covered boat called a pelota, from which the city takes its name, in white; (2) white with a black bullock, recalling the beef drying industry with which Pelotas originated; (3) white with a green rose, the symbol of the charity of the patron of the municipality, St. Francis de Paul, inscribed with the letters S, F, D, P, C; (4) blue with a white obelisk, the monument erected during the monarchy by republican idealists, which was the initial landmark for the settlement of the city. Overall on the center is a red and white cross of the Order of Christ (inaccurately described in the source as a "cross of Malta") in homage to the Portuguese explorers. The shield is flanked by branches of golden rice (the major source of agricultural income for the region) and green laurel (in recognition of the anniversary of the city). The shield is ensigned with a gold mural crown with five towers showing. The scroll is inscribed Princesa do Sul (Princess of the South).
Joseph McMillan, 1 August 2002

The flag of Pelotas is prescribed by Municipal Law No. 1,119 promulgated on 30 April 1962.

Article 2.
Two blue lateral stripes, in vertical arrangement, in the center another white stripe charged with the municipal coat of arms.
Leis Municipais database

The coat of arms of Pelotas was altered by Municipal Law No. 3,463 promulgated on 26 December 1991. No original Law is referred to in the text.

Article 1.
The municipal coat of arms of Pelotas shall be altered as follows.
On top, in the shield's center, on the left, to represent "Pelotas", the town's namesake, shall appear a native crossing a river and pulling a boat with his teeth; the oxen, in upper center right, representing cattle-breeding in the municipality, shall be brown.
Leis Municipais database


Ivan Sache, 2 August 2020