Brazil Destinations, Maringá

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Maringa is a municipality in the state of Paraná, highlighting the quality of life offered to its residents and for
being an important regional road junction. It is considered one of the greenest cities and cleanest in the country
Maringa has a population of 391,698 inhabitants. Its metropolitan area has 679,324 inhabitants (IBGE / 2013)
Planned by the company Northern Improvement Company of Parana, 9 on May 10, 1947, Maringa was a
village then, Mandaguari municipality of the district, being elevated to the municipality in February 14, 1951, is
breaking apart of that municipality . With urban design initially planned and modernist, urban planner Jorge
Macedo Vieira, following the principle of Ebenezer Howard’s Garden City, has undergone rapid growth in the
following decades. Still, the city keeps high levels of quality of life, preserving the urban area large areas of
native forest as the Horto Florestal, the Park of the Pioneers (forest II) and the Ingá Park, the latter being open
to the public. It also includes smaller fragments as the Cinquantenaire Park, or particular areas and a large
network of valley bottoms conservation areas.
According to the New History of MPB ­ Volume 22, the name of the city was because the workers sang the
song Maringa (de Carvalho Joubert) night and day for their work. Fact is, the board Joubert de Carvalho
Street, it is written, “music composer who gave the town its name.”
Few rivers surrounding the city, whose main means of water supply Pirapó river. The capture of surface water
carried on the river Pirapó corresponds to 88% of the water distributed, and the other 12% from five deep
wells. By April 2010 the city had 102,162 water connections. Its territory is among the interfluve of Pirapó and
Ivaí rivers.
Areas. Municipality: 473 064 190 m2 Urban Area: 128 260 000 m2 Rural area: 340 864 260 m2
In its economy, Maringa stands out today by the trade sector and services.
Within the various segments in the industrial sector in the city of Maringa, we have the metalworking,
agribusiness, clothing, services and tourism.
The industrial sector is not as significant as agriculture, but is growing. The city has a growing park that deals
with weaving and agribusiness, but mostly clothing. Major industries such as Cocamar, Coca­Cola, Noma,
Romagnole, among others, foster the creation of jobs in the city, and even other cities. The metalworking
industries meet throughout the country and also export to Latin American countries, a very large range of
products. Maringa is the hub of fashion in the South, with the largest wholesale mall in Latin America,
Mercosur. Recently, this Maringa also stood out in the software market, with a consolidated APL­ Local
Productive Arrangement in the sector.
Maringa has five major shopping centers: Shopping Center Avenue, City Mall, Lar Center Mandacaru
Boulevard Shopping Maringa Park (formerly Aspen Park Shopping Center) and Catuaí Shopping Maringá. This
being the second largest in the interior of Paraná (behind only Catuaí Shopping Londrina).
The commercial vocation of Maringa can be proven by the dynamism and variety of items offered by
companies in the healthcare, food, pharmaceutical, clothing, appliances, hardware, bookstores, restaurants,
snack bars. And, being a wholesaler polo, product prices are also competitive. These factors together attract
consumers from different regions of Parana, southwestern São Paulo and some cities of Mato Grosso and
Mato Grosso do Sul.
Companies of Maringa operate in at least seven segments of the wholesale market: food, dry goods and offal,
paper, glass, textiles, wood, auto parts and home appliances. Not to mention the numerous garment industries,
which basically sell the production at wholesale.
Maringa is an important pole micro­regional service delivery in health, with several public and private hospitals,
including: University Hospital ­ HU the State University of Maringa, Municipal Hospital HMM ­ Psychiatric
Emergency, Santa Casa de Misericordia, Psychiatric Hospital of Maringa HPM, Hospital Santa Rita, Maringa
Hospital and Parana Hospital.
The city houses the Maringa and Region Convention & Visitors Bureau, an organization of independent
character and non­profit whose goal is to develop the regional economy by promoting tourism events.
Implemented and maintained by public and private initiatives related to tourism and events industry, is
responsible for the planned development of the same, effectively including the location in national and
international tourist circuit.
The largest South Music Festival, the Song City Music Festival (Femucic), occurs in the city, bringing together
musicians from all over Brazil.
Every week the Department of Culture offers free concerts and dance performances at local theaters such as
the Shed Theatre.
Maringa also has eighteen movie theaters, four of them in 3D, a VIP room, two Digital Max Screen (screen with
180 m2 and spatial sound) and one of the largest and most modern theaters of the interior of the state of
Paraná, the theater Calil Haddad beyond Marist theater.
Every year an exhibition of cinema, Maringa Film Festival takes place, bringing together hundreds of long and
short for display and awards.
It occurs every May to commemorate the city’s anniversary festivities, a fair agribusiness, the “Expoingá”. the
show is responsible for bringing the Maringa what’s new in the technology sector and agro­industrial
machinery. Another highlight of the festival are the rodeos that among the most important in Brazil. To
complete, during the nights of the 11­day festival are presented musical performances with major Brazilian
artists. Second largest fair in Brazil, second only to fair Uberaba (MG), the Expozebu.
In August takes place in Maringa Brazilian Nipo Festival, which brings together the entire eastern colony of the
city (3rd largest concentration of descendentesjaponeses in Brazil), in ACEMA association, the festival aims to
present the people to Japanese culture widespread in the region .
Its main sights: the Maringa Cathedral (Cathedral of Our Lady of Glory Minor Basilica), second tallest
monument in South America and tenth in the world with 124 meters high; the Ingá Park, with 47.3 hectares;
Parque das grevillea trees, with 44.6 hectares.

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