Ok, so time for some deets. My first fete in Trini was Carnival Friday night a few hours after I arrived in Trini, Caesars Army AMbush. This was one fete I was looking forward to attending since its inception. After years of looking at everyone's pictures and reading the reviews I booked my flight (and took extra time off work) to ensure that the fete didn't miss me. Quiet as it is kept among those involved, my crew and I missed Caesars Army AMBush this Crop Over (I blame Bliss). My Jersey is still clean, Caesar's Army cup unused, #sad. BUT NOT THIS YEAR!!!!
When my crew and I arrived at the car park for AMbush around 4 am I was immediately concerned. Parking was unsupervised and the shuttle service looked more like a maxi stand in P.O.S, 6 Maxi's lined up already full with passengers but not moving. Around me were others like myself, Caesar's Army Jerseys, vests, cups, ready to go--but stuck. Things remained like this for a while, with the only difference being more people arriving just to suffer the same fate. As the shuttle service began people began to rush the shuttles, the few police present seemed anxious, and the one person that seemed to be coordinating things was frazzled. Maxi's were filling up with passengers long before reaching the massive crowd which only added to the tension. After about an hour of watching this go on walking down the dark road behind the Maxi's seemed like the only option for me. I am to small to fight people to get in a Maxi and I did not want to miss one more moment of this fete. So the journey began. The whole crowd began to move at the same time. The walk to the venue was uneventful, once we arrived at the gates our arm bands were checked and we were "in ting". My advice... get there early and if you see a Maxi--don't ask questions-- hop in.
No coconut water, no scotch, no options. I could understand this happening in other islands but this is TRINIDAD--the land of scotch and coconut water--it is practically the national cocktail! No coconut water in Trinidad is unacceptable. AMbush is not a cheap fete, so I can not understand why there wasn't more variety in drink choices. Why should I have to drink Fire Water--soda water and rum? And after walking to the beginning of AMBush the mystery of it all is revealed. When I realized I was just going to walk back down the same path I already walked up I was disappointed but Caesar's Army had a few surprises in store that made up for it.
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The VIBES in AMbush is the only reason Caesars' Army will see me again! People came out to have a time and despite whatever else happened --they did. Something about the sun rising, paint, colored powder, and soca music is intoxicating. The highlight-- just when you thought it was all over and it was time to look for your crew and go home you were greeted with Inflatable water slides, soccer fields, boxing rings, everything. Aren't those toys for kids? YES, but they are SOOO much fun as an adult.
I give AMbush a 8 out of 10. My 3 wishes for the promoters:
1. Please use the money you make from profits to hire more staff. There was a point when a friend of mine climbed on to the drink truck to get her own drink (see pic above...lol)
2. Please have actual full size buses or more Maxis available. Waiting for an hour for shuttle service is unacceptable.
3. Scotch & Coconut Water. Man can not live on beer, vodka, and rum alone.
Until then...keep it kinky. ; )