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Maracanaú is a town located at 03° 52' 37" South 38° 37' 33" West in the state of Ceará, Brazil. Its name comes from Tupi language and means "lagoon where maracanãs drink", because of the presence of these birds flying over the lagoons in the city's area.

In 2006, there were about 196,000 inhabitants.


Maracanã Esporte Clube is the municipality's soccer club. The club will compete in the 2013 Campeonato Cearense.

Coordinates: 3°52′S 38°38′W / 3.867°S 38.633°W / -3.867; -38.633