Lug around a big ol' prop, it's what I have to do when I do my tails for a my Ninetales costume... Back problems... here I come.
Would you rather:
A) Have to bring your little annoying younger sibling who thinks they are an expert in anime just because they've seen Bleach/Naruto/Death Note /other popular fandom and wants pictures with every person and wnats everything in sight
B) Be stuck with the overly protective father that threatens any guy/girl that comes five feet of you and calls them pedophiles and rapists?
(Happened to me.. well the overly protective father thing.... Now I go with my easy going uncle person figure...)