MOBILE, Ala (WPMI) - Working Mardi Gras in Mobile takes a lot of work. For vendor Joseph Dickerson, it takes a good pitch and plenty of personality. "Sometimes you have to give a little to get a little, and you meet a lot of beautiful people who remember you each time you come down," he said before Friday's Order of Inca Parade.
This was his second time coming down to the Port City all the way from Rhode Island. Fourteen hundred miles; worth every step. "Not only do I meet the people, but they make me feel at home."
Dickerson said there is satisfaction in every smile.
"I even [have] something for the little baby too," he told one set of parents.
It may be a small role, but he approaches it with a big heart. "Last night, it was toward the end of the parade, I [saw] a child crying and I believe the parent wanted to buy them something and they didn't have that kind of money and I gave it to them," Dickerson recalled, "I feel more better giving away some stuff than seeing a baby cry."
Perhaps it's why he keeps coming back.
And why his customers do the same.