The task was to move briskly along a main street in our city. Quite difficult when the street was littered with christmas shoppers.
I stood back for a moment until I saw a solid and suited man with good presence who looked like he was going somewhere. Never choose a woman for this. They will stop to look in shop windows.
I slipped into the man's slipstream (no don't, please) and like an icebreaker, he moved through the crowds with me trailing along behind him. I did not get pushed or shoved. I did not have to dodge around people. I did not have to step to one side to avoid a collision. I got to where I was going feeling very relaxed and pleased with myself.
Give it a shot. I find it quite successful. Two people side by side moving briskly can work too, especially if they are holding hands.