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Hialeah, Florida (U.S.)

Miami-Dade County

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[Flag of Hialeah, Florida] 2:3 image(s) by permission of David B. Martucci
image(s) from American City Flags, Raven 9-10 (2002-2003), courtesy of the North American Vexillological Association, which retains copyright.



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Current Flag

Text and image(s) from American City Flags, Raven 9-10 (2002-2003), courtesy of the North American Vexillological Association, which retains copyright. Image(s) from American City Flags by permission of David B. Martucci.

Design

Hialeah’s flag has a white field of 2 units by 3, with the city seal in the center .8 units in diameter. Curved above the seal and extending from near the hoist to near the fly is CITY OF HIALEAH in blue letters one-fourth of a unit high. Below the seal, in similar letters, but centered and horizontal, is FLORIDA, also in blue. The seal is edged in yellow. Concentric to this circle is a smaller one composed of blue beads. Between the two circles, on a white background, • SEAL • CITY OF HIALEAH • 1925 • curves clockwise above and INCORPORATED curves counter-clockwise below, all in blue. The seal’s center shows Chief Tiger Tail in ceremonial dress, standing slightly to the fly side of the seal, facing the viewer, and pointing toward the hoist with his right arm. The chief is barefoot and wears a full long-sleeved robe that comes down to his calves, suggesting the famous coat-of-many-colors of the Biblical Joseph, with horizontal stripes of red, yellow, green, white, and purple. There is a button row down the front of the top half of his robe, and a white collar at his neck. Four palm fronds frame the chief, two on either side. He stands on a field of lush grass, and behind him dawn is breaking into a blue sky. Two pink flamingos, facing the fly, stand in the background under the chief ’s right arm.
John M. Purcell, American City Flags, Raven 9-10, 2002-2003

Symbolism

Chief Tiger Tail, a Muskogee chief, resisted the incursion of the U.S. Army into the area of south Florida in 1841. He is said to be pointing to the place that many years later would become the city of Hialeah.
John M. Purcell, American City Flags, Raven 9-10, 2002-2003

Selection

The flag was altered when the seal was changed in late 2001. The flag is a revision of an earlier design.
Flag adopted: 2001 (official status uncertain).
John M. Purcell, American City Flags, Raven 9-10, 2002-2003

Designer

City hall personnel.
John M. Purcell, American City Flags, Raven 9-10, 2002-2003


Detail of seal

[Seal in Flag of Hialeah, Florida] image provided by City of Hialeah, 29 October 2008


Variant flag

[Variant flag of Hialeah, Florida] image by António Martins-Tuválkin, 3 March 2008

The flag also appears without the name of the city above the seal and the state below it.


Former flag

[Variant flag of Hialeah, Florida] 2:3 image(s) by permission of David B. Martucci
image(s) from American City Flags, Raven 9-10 (2002-2003), courtesy of the North American Vexillological Association, which retains copyright.

The original seal was designed in 1925. By 2001, it was thought to be too colorless, so it was reworked to give it a more interesting appearance.

The first flag of Hialeah was designed in 1960 by Phyllis Adams, a city employee. It is similar to the current flag except that the seal is entirely in blue and shows only Chief Tiger Tail without the palm fronds, sunrise, or flamingos. Above the seal, also blue, is CITY OF HIALEAH, with “OF” much smaller than the rest. Below in blue letters about half the size of the words above is HIALEAH, FLORIDA, such that the city’s name appears three times on the flag.
John M. Purcell, American City Flags, Raven 9-10, 2002-2003