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City of Alegrete

Coordinates: 29°47′01.63″S 55°47′27.54″W / 29.7837861°S 55.7909833°W / -29.7837861; -55.7909833
Country Brazil
Region Sul
State Rio Grande do Sul
Founded October 25, 1831
 - Mayor Erasmo Guterres da Silva (PMDB)
 - Total 7,804 km2 (Expression error: Unrecognised punctuation character "," sq mi)
Elevation 102 m (335 ft)
Population (2008)IBGE 2008 statistics
 - Total 78,984
 - Density 11.34/km2 (29.4/sq mi)
Time zone UTC-3 (UTC-3)
 - Summer (DST) UTC-2 (UTC-2)
Website Prefeitura de Chuí

Alegrete is a town and a municipality in Rio Grande do Sul located in southern Brazil. Its medium altitude is 102 m. Its estimated population in 2008 was 78,984 inhabitants and the total area is 7,803.967 km² (the largest municipality of the State). Its inhabitants are called Alegretenses.

Alegrete was founded in 1857 and is the hometown of politician, diplomat, statesman and President of the United Nations (1947) Osvaldo Aranha and the Brazilian poet Mário Quintana. It is considered the most gaúcha (see gaucho) of the cities in the world. Every September 20 (Gaucho's Day), about 8,000 young, adult and old horsemen and horsewomen parade through its streets, using their native costumes and riding their horses with trappings. This type of parade is one of the largest in the world.

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