The pigeon-fancying society « La Colombe Joyeuse » was set up in 1876 by three pigeon fanciers: Mr Martens(father),Mr Vandamme and Mr Toulet.
At that time, Mr Jules Janssens, future first president of the Belgian Pigeon-fancying Federation became president of the Colombe Joyeuse.
After World War I , the society moved its premises to the center of Brussels in the Borgval street about 200 meters of the famous Grand-Place (Market Place) under the vice-presidency of Mr Stassard who was followed by Mr Henri Martens.
In 1931,Mr Martens sets up ,inside the “Colombe Joyeuse” , the “Belgian Harmony” that was to organize national competitions.
Mr Warzee took over after the long presidency of Mr Martens .
In 1958 on insistency of Mr Warzee,the presidency was taken over by Mr Georges DE PADUWA;
Pau became an international race in1966;
Mr Fernand Goffin was confirmed as president in 1970 and stayed in place until 2000.
The benefit of the annual race is offered by “La Colombe Joyeuse” to handicapped children.