Rio has been a major destination for gay travelers since the 1950s. During Carnaval, thousands of gay expatriate Brazilians and foreign tourists fly in for the festivities. Cross-dressers steal the show at all Carnaval balls, especially the gay ones. Outside Carnaval, the gay scene is fairly subdued. The most gay-friendly street in town is Farme de Amoedo in Ipanema, with cafes, restaurants and drinking spots. You may hear or read the abbreviation GLS in connection with venues or events. It stands for Gays, Lesbians and Sympathizers, and indicates that anyone with an open mind is welcome. In general, the scene is much more integrated than elsewhere; and the majority of parties involve a pretty mixed crowd. Rio also hosts an enormously popular Gay Pride Rio festival.