Don't get me wrong. I would never advise anyone not to attend Mardi Gras. On the contrary, if that's what you like, go for it. I just don't like huge crowds, because I allways am unlucky enough to meet up with the wrong element of people, like I did at the South Side St. Patrick's Day Parade. I was threatened and I was not doing anything wrong, or was on the "bad" side of town. I was on the main thourghofare, which was 111th street near Kedsie Avenue, and these drunken dunder heads started threatening me because they thought I taught at Brother Rice high school, and they were alums of Marist high school and figured that they had an esclusive right to be on 111th street on St. Patrick's Day.
You can run into peole like that anywhere at any time, but it's more likely to happen when there are huge crowds, because there are so many more people. I supposed if I could go to Mardi Gras or Taste of Chicago with a group of people who I know, then I might try it once. Especialy Mardi Gras, because I love the music, but I woldnt go to something like that alone. I prefer to vacation alone, but an event like Mardi Gras, I wouldn't want to be.